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Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Athletes with
Disabilities for Costs Related to Athletic and Recreational Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)

Deadline Date:

11/30/20 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International individual athletes with disabilities for costs related to participating in athletic and recreational activities. Funding may be requested to purchase equipment, attend competitions, or to cover costs associated with coaching and training. Grants are awarded based on the greatest financial need.

CAF is offering THREE grant categories this year. Applicants may only choose one category to apply for. More details for each category are below.

  • Sport Expense Grant (NEW!): CAF combined two of our historical grant options (Coaching/Training Expenses & Travel/Competition Expenses) to create a new grant category with more flexibility. This grant option provides recipients with monetary funds to be used for sport-related expenses, including any or all of the following:
    • Coaching/Training expenses
    • Travel/Competition expenses
    • Minor/small equipment purchases
  • Equipment Grant: CAF partners with several equipment distributors who offer our grant program generous discounts on some of the top equipment on the market. You can view the list of our offered equipment for 2021 application. You will select your desired equipment from a drop-down menu in the application. If your desired equipment is not offered on our list, you’ll select Other/Equipment not listed and follow the instructions to request funding towards your desired equipment.
  • Athletic Prosthetics Grant: You may request lower limb running prostheses offered by the Foundation's global prosthetics partner, Össur. Applicants must fill out an application and then work with their prosthetist to fill out a recommendation form.

International applicants living outside the United States or Canada are only eligible for the following:

  • Sport Expense Grant
  • Funding Towards Equipment Grant

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177602

Estimated Size of Grant:

Sport Expense Grant: Up to $1,500
Equipment Grant: Up to $2,500

Term of Contract:

Sport Expense Grant: Grant funds must be spent within the grant cycle, which begins on the day of distribution in late March and ends on 1/31/2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals worldwide with permanent physical disabilities are eligible to apply for the CAF grant. CAF uses the International Paralympic Committee’s eligibility criteria as a guideline. Individuals with strictly cognitive or intellectual disabilities are not eligible to apply. Teams, organizations, etc. are also not eligible to apply.

Programs, teams, coaches, volunteers, and supporters of athletes with a disability are not eligible to apply for a CAF grant.

Examples of inappropriate use of these funds would include:

• Travel expenses for coaches or additional family members
• Fuel expenses for personal vehicle outside of competition travel
• Lodging expenses for any additional/extended travel outside of competition dates
• Expensive meals
• Tournament memorabilia
• Medical or rehab services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage, etc.
• Non-sport equipment
• Uniforms or articles of clothing
• Technology with a fitness component (FitBits, Apple Watches, etc.)

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021 grant application will open on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at 9 AM PST and will close on Monday, November 30th, 2020 at 5PM PST. No late applications will be accepted.

2021 Grant Period - Timeline:

The 2021 CAF Grant Period runs from October 1st, 2020 – January 31st, 2022
- October 1st, 2020: 2021 Grant Application opens
- Nov 30th, 2020: 2021 Grant Application closes
- March 2021: Grant Award Notifications are sent out
- March 2021 – May 2021: Grant Award Acceptance period & Distribution period
- May 31, 2021: Deadline to accept 2021 grant
- January 31st, 2022: 2021 Grant Period closes. Monetary grants must be spent, and receipts uploaded

You can apply for a Travel/Competition or Coaching/Training grant every year. However, an applicant can only apply for an Equipment grant once every 3 years if over 18 years old or once every 2 years if under 18. You must submit a new application every year you apply so that there is a record of updated information.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

Direct questions to:

Challenged Athletes Foundation Headquarters
9591 Waples St.
San Diego, CA 92121

P: 858.866.0959
F: 858.866.0958

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