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Department of Veteran Affairs: Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces

Deadline: April 28, 2016

The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels.

The following adaptive sport activities are authorized under the ASG Program:

  • 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 program at the local level), sports equipment, supplies, program evaluation, and other activities related to the implementation and operation of the program

A fundamental goal of the ASG Program is to provide assistance in developing
ongoing rehabilitative, therapeutic, and whole life health adaptive sports opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. For planning purposes, the ASG Program is not intended to provide long-term funding for adaptive sport programs. The ASG program is administered annually and does not guarantee subsequent awards.

Amount: $8,000,000 is available for awards; the maximum award is $500,000.

Eligibility: National Paralympic Committees; National governing bodies; parks and recreation divisions; colleges and universities; Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs); Paralympic sport clubs and other Paralympic and adaptive sport organizations; and nonprofit organizations.

Link: http://www.va.gov/adaptivesports/va_grant_program.asp

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