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Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Athletes with Physical
Disabilities for Training, Competition, Equipment, and Prosthetics

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International individual athletes with physical disabilities for training, equipment, competition, travel, coaching, and athletic prosthetics costs. Priority is given to applicants that demonstrate financial need.

Types of grants – Applicants may only choose one:

Applicants in U.S. and Canada:

  • Travel/Competition Expense: Funds used to pay for expenses related to sport/athletic competitions, training camps, or clinics. These expenses may include entry fees and/or travel-related expenses to competitions. Travel related expenses can include transportation (fuel, rental car, flight, ride share, etc.), accommodations (lodging fees), and meals for challenged athlete.
  • Coaching/Training Expenses: Funds used to pay for expenses related to specialized coaching (personal trainer, coach etc.) or training (gym fees, clinics, classes or lessons, etc).
  • Equipment – from CAF Preferred Vendors: CAF distributes most adaptive sports equipment through selected distributors who offer discounted pricing. The equipment list is available once “Equipment” is selected as the grant category. If awarded, applicants will be notified of a dollar amount they have been allotted, which in most cases will cover the entire cost of the basic equipment at CAF’s discounted price. The vendor will bill CAF for the amount the applicant was granted for the equipment.
  • Funding towards Equipment: Equipment not listed by preferred vendors: The applicant will have the option to select “Other – Equipment is not on CAF’s list”. Athletes must provide the equipment name, price, and a quote from a vendor chosen.

Athletic Prosthetics Applicants: Össur is the Global prosthetics partner – only Össur products will be offered for lower extremity running prosthetics. Athletes may not apply for non-Össur prosthetics.

International Applicants (outside of U.S. & Canada):

  • International applicants living outside the United States or Canada are only eligible for the following:
    • Coaching/Training Expenses Grant
    • Travel/Competition Grant
    • Funding Towards Equipment Grant

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177602

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CAF only offers grants to individuals with permanent physical disabilities. Individuals with strictly cognitive or intellectual disabilities are not eligible to apply.

Examples of qualifying disabilities include: Achondroplasia or dwarfism, Amputations (acquired or congenital), Arthrogryposis, Ataxia, Athetosis, Cerebral Palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, Leg length difference, Hypertonia, Hypotonia, Impaired Muscle Power, Impaired Passive ROM, Limb Deficiency, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Paraplegia, Polio, Quadriplegia, Spina Bifida, Visual Impairment, Severe TBI (adversely affects mobility).

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

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Grant Period - Timeline
The 2020 CAF Grant Period runs from September 2019 – January 2021
- Sept 3, 2019: 2020 Grant Application opens
- Nov 1, 2019: 2020 Grant Application closes
- March 2020: Grant Award Notifications are sent out
- March 2020 – May 2020: Grant Award Acceptance period & Distribution period
- May 31, 2020: Deadline to accept 2020 grant
- January 31st, 2021: 2020 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

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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.