The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) is committed to supporting events that carry out our mission of increasing worldwide awareness for sarcoidosis while raising crucial funds for research. During April, Sarcoidosis Awareness Month, our community comes together for the annual awareness campaign. This campaign encourages patients to take an active role in their treatment. While also providing resources for anyone looking for answers about this disease.
Another campaign goal is to increase public awareness for sarcoidosis. FSR provides patients with resources to spark conversations in their own communities. FSR also encourages people to get involved by hosting a local Team KISS (Kick In to Stop Sarcoidosis) 5k Run/Walk for sarcoidosis awareness.
Become a walk leader in your community and apply for the 2019 Walk Leader Mini Grant! The FSR 2019 Walk Leader Mini Grant opportunity is intended to support our Team KISS Walk Leaders by helping to remove the barriers from hosting an Awareness Walk/5K during the month of April. FSR will award a limited number of grants with a maximum amount of $250.00 per awardee. To be considered for this award, applicants must follow the FSR Fundraising Guidelines and include all requested information in the grant application.
Former Walk Leader Mini Grant Recipients
“Our walk grew from 35 people in 2017 to over 100 in 2018. The $250 grant enabled us to host a post-walk BBQ which was a huge success. We couldn’t have done this without a lot of personal expense.  People were more generous with their donations as a result of the lunch and socializing that followed.  Our goal for this year is to hit over 200 and the grant from FSR would buy a lot of brats, burgers, and refreshments.

I’d recommend that every Walk Leader get creative and apply for this grant.”

- Mark

“I found the run/walk leader mini grant helpful because I pay for the majority of my walk out of my pocket. I was very grateful for the grant, and encourage everyone who is interested in starting a 5k or walk to apply. It will help tremendously!”

- Sabrina

Funding is limited and will be awarded only to applicants whose application has been approved. Applicants will be approved or denied within 30 days of their submission. When the funds for this opportunity have been awarded to our Walk Leaders, the opportunity will no longer be available.

Read on to learn more about the 2019 Walk Leader Mini Grant conditions and apply today!

FSR will begin accepting applications on December 1st, 2018. FSR will accept applications until all funding has been awarded on or before March 1st, 2019. Funding will not be dispersed until April 1st, 2019, pending approval.
Submit your application to secure your funding opportunity now!
  • All applicants must read and understand FSR’s Fundraising Guidelines before submitting their application for funding.
  • Grant recipients will receive a maximum of $250.00.
  • The Team KISS Independent Walk Leader Funding Grant is open to the public.
  • Each applicant must only apply once.
  • Each independently hosted walk will only receive 1 grant.
  • A funding grant is for the sole purpose outlined in the request form and cannot be used for any other purpose without FSR’s prior written approval.
  • FSR reserves the right to deny any proposal for any reason.
  • If the independent walk is for any reason cancelled, then grant awardee must refund FSR the award amount.
  • All funds raised must be donated to FSR no later than 30 days following the event.
Grant recipients agree to report on the event outcomes or status of ongoing programs at the timeline outlined below. Reports of 500 words or less should include:
  • Short summary of the event
  • Expense report along with proof of purchase (see attached)
  • Summary of how the funds/materials were used
  • Accurate event budget reporting along with proof of purchase
Before submitting an application for the 2019 Walk Leader Mini Grant you must:

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
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  • In 500 words or less, provide an explanation that includes the following information: 1. Intended use of funding 2. Description of intended results 3. Anticipated attendance for walk
  • In 500 words or less, provide an explanation that includes how you will promote your event within the community and achieve your fundraising goal.
    Grant recipients agree to report on the event outcomes no later than 30 days following the event. Report is required to include: 1. Summary of the event 2. Expense Report 3. Summary of how funds and materials were used 4. Accurate event budget reporting along with proof of purchase
    By checking 'Yes' you agree to the terms of FSR's 2019 Walk Leader Mini Grant and that you have read and understand FSR's Third Party Fundraising Guidelines (linked above).


Thank you for your desire to be involved and for your commitment to Team KISS!

For more information or questions, please contact FSR’s Development Manager, Angela Frelander, at or (312) 341-0500 ext. 103.