The 2020 CAF Grant Application closed November 1st, 2019. No late applications will be accepted.
Applications submitted before the deadline are currently under review. No paper applications are available. The 2021 application will open in September 2020. Read below for more information about the grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, FAQs, and important dates and deadlines.
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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.
Applicants in U.S. and Canada:
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) :
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
Download our full grant overview document, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 CAF GRANT BREAKDOWN
The 2020 grant application will open on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at 9 AM PST. It will close on Friday, November 1st, 2019 at 5 PM PST. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. The link to the updated 2020 CAF Grant Application will be available on our website. No paper applications are available/accepted. If you do not have access to a computer, or if you need assistance filling out the application, we highly recommend asking a friend, family member, or someone you trust to assist you. The CAF Grants Team will not fill out an application for an applicant.
We historically see 60% – 70% of grant applications submitted in the last week, leaving little time to address issues that may arise while filling the application out. Please plan on applying early to alleviate last minute issues (and stress!). Late applications will not be accepted.
CAF offers grant opportunities in four different grant categories. You may apply for a grant in ONLY ONE of the following categories:
Grants will be distributed in Spring of 2020 (we will notify applicants when exact date is determined). ALL applicants will be notified of their grant status via EMAIL. We will send all grant communications to the email address used in the grantee’s application, so please make sure that email is up-to-date and easily accessed so no email information is missed.
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 we can have record of updated information.
To be eligible for a CAF grant, an individual must have a PERMANENT PHYSICAL DISABILITY. CAF uses the International Paralympic Committee’s eligibility criteria as a guideline. Applicants must provide medical documentation of their permanent physical disability from their primary care physician or other medical professional. 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).
CAF offers grant opportunities for INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS only. Programs, teams, coaches, volunteers, and supporters of athletes with a disability are not eligible to apply for a CAF grant.
CAF is proud to have supported athletes from over 50 countries worldwide. In an effort to provide more grants to international challenged athletes, we have created a CAF International Grant Application for applicants living outside of North America. This separate application link will be accessed within the main CAF Grant Application once international applicants answer specific eligibility questions. Available grant options, policies, and procedures will be listed within the CAF International Application
The CAF Grant is quite detailed and asks for many pieces of important information. In addition to filling out basic information about yourself, your sports/fitness history and goals, and your grant request, the application also requires:
While we wish we could approve every grant request, every year, some applicants are declined. The CAF Grant application process is highly competitive, and we want to stretch our grant funds as far as possible to impact as many athletes as we can. Here are some common reasons why grant applications are declined:
Our best advice is to make sure your application is thorough and detailed in all sections, and that no information is missing. Also, give yourself time to fill it out- don’t rush through it! This means making sure to start your application EARLY so that the CAF Grants Team can assist you should any issues or questions come up.