Wilson Community Growth Grant

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Iain “Dawg” Wilson was an accomplished orienteer who represented the USA in the World Cup in Norway and Denmark, in the Swiss Alps for the World Student Champs, and in the Scottish 6 Days. In 2000 he was the United States night orienteering champion.

at right: Iain with his wife Silvia Gratz and college teammates
Anthony Belber, Aaron Wolpert and Marc Balcer

He stood for determination, drive, and the willingness to put in hard work…to go the extra mile. Not once in a while, but every day. He understood that where you start doesn’t have to define where you finish. Whether it was mastering orienteering, running a certain time on the track, becoming fluent in a new language, or developing the perfect bread recipe, once Iain put his mind to something, he would always find a way to meet his goal. While Iain’s life was tragically cut short in 2008, his legacy lives on through his family and friends. By creating this grant, we strive to support young athletes in Iain’s sport of choice. Through this endeavor we hope we can help them develop their own character and sense of purpose.

The $1,000 Wilson Community Growth Grant is presented annually to develop and implement programs aimed at expanding access to orienteering for youth. The award committee encourages creativity, sustainable programming and efforts to connect with underserved youth. Awardees are selected based on several criteria, including the number of youth to be served and the expected impact on each individual. Applicants partner with an Orienteering USA-affilitated club, Orienteering USA, or a registered non-profit organization which disburses and administers funds. The grant may be used for materials and equipment, transportation, facility rental, or other appropriate uses. The scope of potential program grants is broad. It could include school-based programming and after-school activities, free local events, and equipment for youth offerings. The end results should be to “bring young people into the woods” and begin the process of growth and self-discovery that orienteering can inspire.

Please click here to read about Iain and the award launch in the November/December 2015 issue of Orienteering North America.

Read about the grantees.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 WCGG will be accepted beginning in October, with a deadline of February 15, 2020.

(Updated forms will be added in late September)

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How to Support the Grant

The Wilson Community Growth Grant is part of the Iain Wilson Award program. Initial funding was generously provided by Iain’s friends and family, but in order to sustain it many years into the future, your financial support would be greatly appreciated. Contributions may be made in the form of a check payable to United States Orienteering Federation and mailed to:

Iain Wilson Award
c/o Marc Balcer
321 Trillium Lane
Wayne, PA 19087

Please contact Marc for additional details. Contributions may be tax-deductible and are administered by Orienteering USA.

Wilson Community Grant Awardees

Also part of the Wilson Award Program:

Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award - for young individual athletes


updated 26 March 2019

Ian Wilson Grant