2021 CAF Grant Application – Coming Soon!
CAF has seen firsthand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our athletes and their sport and fitness endeavors. Despite the uncertainty of what the next year holds, CAF’s mission remains unchanged. In an effort to best meet the needs of our community, we have made the decision to push back the opening of the 2021 grant cycle by one month.
The 2021 CAF grant application will open on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 and will close on Monday, November 30th, 2020. The link to apply will be available on this page on October 1st, 2020.
Read below for more information about the grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, FAQs, and important dates and deadlines. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for other questions.
2021 GRANT PERIOD – TIMELINE
The 2021 CAF Grant Period runs from October 1st, 2020 – January 31st, 2022
October 1st, 2020: 2021 Grant Application opens
Nov 30th, 2020: 2021 Grant Application closes
March 2021: Grant Award Notifications are sent out
March 2021 – May 2021: Grant Award Acceptance period & Distribution period
May 31, 2021: Deadline to accept 2021 grant
January 31st, 2022: 2021 Grant Period closes. Monetary grants must be spent, and receipts uploaded
2020 Grant Application Links
The 2020 CAF Grant Period runs from September 2019 – January 2021
Check your application status:
2020 Grants: https://webportalapp.com/sp/cafgrant_20
2020 International Grants (outside US & Canada): https://webportalapp.com/sp/international20
2020 Prosthetic Grants: https://webportalapp.com/sp/ossur
GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION
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.
TYPES OF GRANTS – YOU MAY ONLY CHOOSE ONE
Applicants in U.S. and Canada:
- Travel/Competition Expenses
- 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 our selected distributors who offer discounted pricing. The equipment list is available once you select “Equipment” as your grant category. If awarded, you’ll be notified of a dollar amount you’ve 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 you were granted for the equipment.
- Check out our CAF’s preferred partners, here
- Funding towards Equipment
- Equipment not listed by preferred vendors: You will have the option to select “Other – Equipment is not on CAF’s list”. You must provide the equipment name, price, and a quote from a vendor you choose.
Athletic Prosthetics Applicants: Össur is our Global prosthetics partner – only Össur products will be offered for lower extremity running prosthetics. You 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
WHAT YOU NEED TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION
- Account & Profile
- New users will need to create an account and fill out profile details
- Returning users can use the same login information from last year, but note that the application link is different from the 2019 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.
- 2 High quality photos of the applicant
- Financial Documents to provide proof of income
- Reference letter (from family member, friend, coach, teammate, etc.)
- 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.