Challenged Athletes Foundation Grants

Our mission is to serve people with physical disabilities through sport and fitness with meaningful grants. Over the last 29 years, we have given over 40,000 grants to individuals with permanent physical disabilities worldwide.

Continue reading to learn about our different grant programs, request options, and  frequently asked questions.

Who is Eligible

Any individual with a permanent physical disability pursuing an active lifestyle through physical fitness or competitive athletics is eligible. The individual’s permanent disability must impair mobility, affect the neuromuscular system, impair balance, or motor control.

CAF uses the International Paralympic Committee’s classification structure as a guideline and all qualifying individuals must provide supporting documentation from a medical professional to explain how their physical disability affects their activities of daily living. Hearing impairments, Intellectual and developmental disabilities do not qualify for support through CAF.

Explore Grant Opportunities

EoS Fitness Grant

ANNUAL GRANTS

CAF’s flagship grant program aims to remove the barriers that exist between adaptive athletes and their pursuit of sport and fitness.

Available only during the Fall.

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EoS Fitness Grant

OPERATION REBOUND GRANTS

Providing military, U.S. law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics with permanent physical injuries an opportunity to strengthen their mental and physical well-being through the power of sport.

Available year round.

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EoS Fitness Grant

ÖSSUR GRANTS

CAF is proud to partner with Össur to provide sports prostheses to individuals with lower extremity amputations and limb differences.

Available year round.

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EoS Fitness Grant

IDAHO GRANTS

CAF collaborates with local Idaho partners to fund grants for adaptive sports equipment, training, and competition expenses.

Available year round.

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EoS Fitness Grant

EOS FITNESS GRANTS

CAF is proud to partner with EōS Fitness to offer a free membership in select locations to eligible challenged athletes.

Available year round.

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EoS Fitness Grant

CYCLING CLUB GRANTS

CAF Cycling Club provides the opportunity for both challenged athletes and non-challenged athletes to ride their bikes anywhere in the world and be a part of #TeamCAF.

Available year round.

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Find Your Grant

CAF offers a variety of grants. Click the Apply Now button to answer a few questions to help us identify which grant you might be eligible for.

SPECIAL GIFT ALERT: September 1, 2022 – November 4. 2022, the first 1,600 U.S. applicants to successfully submit their application will have the option to receive a FREE pair of Nike Revolution FlyEase shoes!  These shoes have accessible features that are quick and easy to get into, so you can keep moving and enjoy sport to its fullest. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, submit your application today! 

Does not pertain to EOS, Cycling, and YMCA grants.

Informational Webinars

Learn about the steps to completing a grant application at one of these live webinars. There will be a Q&A at the end to address unanswered questions.

Please register to attend ONE webinar.

Thursday, September 8

5 PM PST / 8 PM EST

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Tuesday, October 4

12 PM PST / 3 PM EST

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Thursday, October 27

4 PM PST / 7 PM EST

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Step-by-Step Grant Application Process

Commonly Asked Questions

What grants are available?

Grants are available for equipment (CAF preferred vendors), funding toward equipment, Ossur lower limb athletic prosthesis, cycling club, select gym memberships, and sport expenses (i.e. coaching, travel, training).

When can I apply for a grant?

The application window for CAF Annual Grants is September 1, 2022 – November 4, 2022.  All other grants are offered year-round.

What do I need to apply?

All applicants will need to create a grant profile to include personal information and medical verification of disability. Select grants require financial documents as proof of income, applicant photos, and reason for grant request.