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Access for Athletes

Access for Athletes — Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) flagship program — steps in where rehabilitation and health insurance end by providing funding grants for equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles, mono skis and sports prosthetics, and resources for training and competition expenses directly to physically challenged individuals. Access for Athletes surmounts financial impediments to participation in sports, ensuring that challenged athletes are not left on the sidelines because they can’t afford expensive equipment or training costs. CAF believes participating in sports not only increases challenged athletes' physical fitness and activity levels, but also enhances their confidence and self-esteem.

2016 Grant Application

Our online application for 2016 opens September 1, 2015 and closes at 5:00pm on December 4, 2015. Grant awards will be announced in early April 2016.  The grant application for 2017 will open in September, 2016.  Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.



To be eligible for a grant through Access for Athletes, an athlete's physical disability must be recognized within the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) classifications. For more information, please visit the IPC website. CAF does not discriminate based on age, gender, level of ability or sport, but does require applicants to demonstrate a clear financial need for their grant request.


Press Release Template for Grant Recipients

For additional questions, please call our Programs Coordinator, Carolyne Chen at carolynec@challengedathletes.org.

It's hard to believe that not even a year ago I was laying in a hospital bed without my limb not knowing where to turn next. I'm incredibly appreciative that I now know so many people in the athletic community who face the same challenges that I do.

— Denise Castelli, 23-years-old, below knee amputee