Department of Veteran Affairs: Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces
The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) provides grants to adaptive sports entities to plan, develop, manage, and implement programs to provide adaptive sports activities for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. Adaptive sports activities means:
- Instruction, participation, and competition in adaptive sports
- Training and technical assistance to program administrators, coaches, recreation therapists, instructors, VA employees, and other appropriate individuals
- Coordination, Paralympic classification of athletes, athlete assessment, sport-specific training techniques, program development (including programs at the local level), sports equipment, supplies, program evaluation, and other activities related to the implementation and operation of the program
The overriding goal of ASG is to ensure that appropriate levels of resources are provided to eligible adaptive sports entities with the greatest capabilities to meet the needs and priorities for veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities. Additionally, the program aims to provide adaptive sports activities in geographic regions where there are limited sports opportunities for veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities.
Amount: A total of $8,000,000 is available to make up to 95 awards that range up to $500,000.
Eligibility: To be eligible, an applicant must qualify as a non-federal government entity with significant experience in managing a large-scale adaptive sports program for persons with disabilities if those disabilities are the same as those of disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. All key personnel must have experience implementing the adaptive sports activities provided. Grantees must have experience working with persons with disabilities and those disabilities must be applicable to veterans with disabilities. The experience must be for a minimum of two continuous years immediately prior to the date of submission to VA of the grant application.
Types of eligible entities may include: Native American tribal organizations; for profit organizations; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; city or township governments; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status; special district governments; private institutions of higher education; county governments; Native American tribal governments; state governments; and independent school districts.
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