Welcome to NovatoSpirit!  We are a 501c3 nonprofit providing athletic scholarships to children with financial needs. Our mission is to give kids a healthy way to improve their physical and mental health through their own efforts.  Our nonprofit’s registered name is KarmaSpirit—evoking the idea that good efforts yield positive results—but we do business as NovatoSpirit to reflect the community we serve in Novato, Marin County, California. 

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How to Apply for a NovatoSpirit Scholarship


NovatoSpirit’s athletic scholarships are for after-school sports programs in Novato. The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and each scholarship provides funding for participation in an athletic program for one full year, season, or class cycle. Participants that have demonstrated good attendance, communication and behavior may apply for a renewal of their scholarship for up to 5 years, contingent upon NovatoSpirit’s available funding. A waiting list will be kept active.

NovatoSpirit offers scholarships for the following activities:

  1. Martial arts (such as karate and tae kwon do)

  2. Dance (such as ballet, tap, jazz, hiphop, and other dance forms)

  3. Soccer - Indoor

  4. Wrestling

A full description of activities is listed on the NovatoSpirit Application Form (see below). 

Please Note: NovatoSpirit provides funding for instruction only. NovatoSpirit does not provide funding for any equipment, uniforms, shoes, or any other gear. Families are responsible for paying these fees.

Who Can Apply?

Youths living in Novato or attending Novato schools between the ages of 7 to 18 years may apply for a NovatoSpirit scholarship, as long as they are from families living at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Youths with Medi-Cal health insurance are eligible. Scholarships are awarded at the sole discretion of the NovatoSpirit Board of Directors and are subject to available funding.

WE ARE CURRENTLY FULL TO CAPACITY FOR 2019, SO ALL NEW APPLICANTS WILL BE PLACED ON OUR WAITING LIST. Please apply anyway for a scholarship, because if you are patient, you might be rewarded! You can print out the NovatoSpirit Application Form by clicking below:

We look forward to hearing from you!

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