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CAF GRANTS

 
Our mission is to serve people with physical disabilities through sport and fitness with meaningful grants. Over the last 27 years, we have given over 30,000 grants to individuals with permanent physical disabilities worldwide. Continue reading to learn about our different grant programs and the eligibility requirements, grant request options, and FAQs for each program.

 
The CAF Annual Grant Application will be available October 1 – November 30. All applications must be completed and submitted through the online application form by 5 pm PST on November 30. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below for specific information regarding this year’s grant process as it relates to COVID-19.
 
If you are a 2020 CAF grant recipient, click here for information about grant receipts, COVID-19 flexibility, and FAQs.

CAF Grant Programs

 
 
Chase running at Ossur clinic

CAF Annual Grant Program

 
CAF’s flagship grant program aims to remove the barriers that exist between adaptive athletes and their pursuit of sport and fitness.
 
Eligibility
Individuals worldwide with permanent physical disabilities are eligible to apply for the CAF grant. Teams, organizations, etc. are not eligible to apply. Medical documentation of disability is required.
 
Grant Request Options
Applicants may request one of the following grant types:
– Sports Expenses Grant
– Equipment Grant
– Ossur Prosthetic Grant
 
Application Window: The 2021 grant application will open on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 and will close on Monday, November 30th, 2020.
 
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For more information about the CAF grant, click here.

Eric McElvenny running in Ironman 70.3 Oceanside

CAF Operation Rebound Grant Program

 
CAF’s Operation Rebound® program strengthens the mental and physical well-being of veterans, military personnel and first responders with permanent physical injuries by providing them opportunities to use sports and fitness to re-integrate into our communities and by empowering them through sports.
 
Eligibility
Honorably discharged members of the U.S. armed forces, active military personnel, and first responders (U.S. Police, U.S. Federal law enforcement, U.S. firefighter, or U.S. paramedic) with permanent physical disabilities are eligible to apply for the Operation Rebound grant. Proof of service and medical documentation of disability is required.
 
Grant Request Options
Applicants may request one of the following grant types:
– Sports Expenses Grant
– Equipment Grant
– Ossur Prosthetic Grant
 
Application Window: The Operation Rebound Grant Application is open year-round.
 
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For more information about Operation Rebound, click here.

Brooklyn Gossard playing tennis in wheelchair

CAF Idaho Grant Program

 
Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) collaborates with local Idaho partners to fund grants for adaptive sports equipment, training, and competition expenses.
 
Eligibility
Residents of Idaho with permanent physical disabilities are eligible to apply for the CAF Idaho grant. Medical documentation of disability and proof of residence is required.
 
Grant Request Options
Applicants may request one of the following grant types:
– Sports Expenses Grant
– Equipment Grant
– Ossur Prosthetic Grant
 
Application Window: The CAF Idaho Grant application is open year-round.
 
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For more information about CAF Idaho, click here.

Bob Gaily at Ossur Clinic

CAF Össur Grant Program

 
Össur is our Global prosthetics partner – only Össur products will be offered for lower extremity running prosthetics.
 
Eligibility
Individuals with lower limb amputations are eligible to apply for the CAF Össur grant. Medical documentation of disability is required.
 
Grant Request Options
An applicant will work with their prosthetist to decide which Össur running prosthesis(es) offered on the CAF Össur grant application is most suitable for the applicant.
 
Click here to view the CAF Össur prosthetic list.
 
Application Window: The CAF Össur Grant application is year-round
 
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2021 GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION

 
 

ELIGIBILITY

To apply for a CAF grant, an individual must have a permanent physical disability. CAF uses the International Paralympic Committee’s eligibility criteria as a guideline. Individuals with strictly cognitive or intellectual disabilities are not eligible to apply.
 

GRANT REQUEST CATEGORIES

CAF offers three grant categories for grant requests that eligible individuals may apply for. Applicants may only apply for one grant request category:
 
Sports Expenses Grant
NEW THIS YEAR! CAF now offers the Sports Expense Grant that allows you to request funds toward minor equipment purchases, coaching/training expenses, and travel/competition expenses
 
Equipment Grant (Available for applicants from U.S. and Canada only)
CAF distributes most adaptive sports equipment through our selected distributors who offer discounted pricing.
If the equipment you are requesting is not listed on CAF’s equipment list, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for funding towards the equipment of their choice.
Check out our CAF’s preferred partners HERE
 

WHAT YOU NEED TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION

Account & Profile
– New users will need to create an account and fill out profile details when link becomes available
– Returning users can use the same login information from last year, but note that the application link is different from the 2020 link
Medical Documentation of Physical Disability
– Applicants will be required to upload into their profile a medical document that lists their disability. This task must be completed before you can begin the grant application.
– Returning applicants can use the same document uploaded in previous years. If you are a first-time applicant, the medical verification documentation can be any form that states your permanent physical disability and comes from a medical professional/source.
Two high-quality photos of the applicant
Financial Documents to provide proof of income
Letter of Recommendation (from family member, friend, coach, teammate, etc. Must be dated in 2020)
Your Grant Request

 

TIPS FOR COMPLETING AN APPLICATION

Start your application EARLY! You will need to provide detailed information about yourself and your grant request and we get a lot of questions. You want to make sure you have enough time to get assistance from our team. You can save it as a draft and come back to it before submitting.
Do your research. Talk to a coach, teammates, a medical professional, or do some independent research about what grant will be most beneficial to you.
Details. Applications with missing information or not detailed enough may not be considered for approval.
 
Please email cafgrants@challengedathletes.org for other questions.
 

Grant Distribution Numbers

 

This year we awarded 3,921 grants totaling $5.9 million to individuals with physical challenges in 103 sports in all 50 states + Puerto Rico and 42 different countries. Check out the full report.