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Access for Athletes Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Athletes
with Disabilities for Training and Competition Costs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 5:00 PM PST


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Grants averaging $1,500 to USA, Canada, and International individual athletes with disabilities to help cover training, equipment, competition, and coaching costs. Priority is given to applicants that demonstrate financial need. This program seeks to support athletes from around the world with physical challenges so they may pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.

Applicants can apply for funds in only one of the following categories each year:
-Equipment expenses (prosthetics, adaptive and non-adaptive sport equipment)
-Travel/Competition expenses (entry fees, flights and lodging for an event)
-Coaching/Training expenses (gym membership, paying a coach or personal trainer)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177602

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards vary by each athlete’s ability, financial need, and type of request. The application form will provide a base amount offered for most grant categories. If awarded, you can count on at least this amount and perhaps more based on your needs and the strength of your application.

Keep in mind that the average grant amount is $1,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CAF only offers grants to individuals with permanent physical disabilities. Please see below for a list of eligible disabilities:
-Achondroplasia or dwarfism
-Amputations, acquired or congenital limb deficiencies
-Cerebral Palsy
-Leg length difference
-Multiple Sclerosis
-Muscular Dystrophy
-Spina Bifida
-Visual Impairment

Applications will be considered from individuals from outside the United States. This program has awarded grants to athletes from 42 countries in 2017 and CAF strives to help international challenged athletes.

Pre-Application Information:

Please Note: CAF does have significant restrictions when it comes to shipping equipment outside of the U.S. The cost to deliver equipment from the United States is the responsibility of the grantee and is often much greater than the value of the equipment. Please consider these factors when completing your grant application.

CAF has a new grant website this year. All 2018 applicants must register for a new account to start an application.

The application closes December 1, 2017, 5:00 PM PST.

All applicants will be notified of their award status in April 2018.

Contact Information:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.