What We Fund
What We Fund
This information is to help you as an athlete or coach of an athlete understand how NNF can help to support your dreams in skiing. If you have questions or inquiries beyond the info here, please get in touch with the NNF.
The NNF funds “Pillar Projects,” which are training and competition trips the US Ski Team and Elite Development coaches determine are the key development steps towards World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic success.
The NNF subsidizes unfunded and underfunded training camps and competition trips attended by qualified athletes that are identified as the next generation of athletes to represent the US on the world stage.
- The NNF does not select athletes or determine athlete qualification criteria. All criteria is determined by the organizing entity of the designated Pillar Project camp, event or competition.
- Future Pillar Projects are reviewed and approved by the entire NNF Board of Directors. Approved Pillar Project requests then have fund allocations distributed based on the amount approved of by the NNF Board of Directors. Based on additional funds donated to the NNF, the NNF Board of Directors may increase funding of designated Pillar Projects or may add additional Pillar Projects. Funding is to cover but not exceed unfunded expenses.
Continental Cup Bonuses:
The NNF sponsors Continental Cup-level racing for early career pros in taking the final steps in the development process before competing on the World Cup-level. This includes sponsorship of the SuperTour, athlete exchanges for the U18 Nordic Nations Cup, and OPA Cup Finals, the continental level competition in Europe.
The OPA Cup Finals, designed to give athletes who are pursuing professional skiing European racing experience, are eligible for a performance-based funding bonus based on performance as follows: 1st) $2,500 2nd) $1,250 3rd) $750. Performance-based bonuses are meant to help create an incentive for promising domestic-level skiers to keep pursuing skiing and as a support for bridging their career development to the World Cup Level.
Longer-term funding for athletes is available via a competitive application process for NNF Athlete Grants. These grants are a key component of the NNF’s mission to make top-level competitive skiing a matter of ability rather than background, and have several deadlines for applications throughout the training and competition year. For more information: click here.
The NNF may withhold funding of expenses if athlete requirements are not met. Those requirements include:
- Athletes wear NNF logos on team hats in competition, on the podium, at the venue, and in team pictures. (The lone exemption is if an athlete has a personal headgear sponsor).
- When provided, all athletes are to wear NNF provided warm ups and clothing in training, competition, podium, and awards banquets.
- Athletes provide NNF media staff photos and posts from the athletes as directed.
- Athletes engage in an outreach program during the off-season highlighting their skiing efforts. All Pillar Projects are reviewed annually for appropriate funding.
For questions on NNF funding, please contact us!
Our Mission: Support athletic excellence in developing Nordic athletes in the United States.