In 1996, the USRF designed a program to encourage high school and youth coaches to complete coaching and referee clinics sponsored by USA Rugby. The number of coaches and referees who've taken advantage of a Coaching and Refereeing Grant has increased over the years. In 2001, the Foundation awarded 59 grants in this program totaling nearly $8,000. The 2002 program awarded more than 80 grants for youth and high school coaches. Since its inception, this program has distributed nearly $30,000 in grants to almost 300 coaches.