Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences: Wounded Warrior Service Dog ProgramDeadline: August 7, 2015
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 included Defense Health Program funding to establish a Wounded Warrior Service Dog competitive grant pilot program for nonprofit assistance dog organizations that serve service members and Veterans with physical and psychological disabilities. Awards will be made to organizations that:
- Provide assistance dogs to service members and Veterans who have disabilities as a result of blindness or visual impairment, loss of a limb, paralysis or other significant mobility issues, loss of hearing, traumatic brain injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Provide assistance dogs, related client training, and follow up, at no cost to service members and Veterans.
Amount: Up to $1,000,000 will be made between 5-12 awards. The estimated cost per service dog placed range from $15,000-$60,000 and are dependent on several factors. Grant awards are made to help support operations in placing service dogs, but not intended to cover the full cost.
Eligibility: Assistance dog organizations with 501(c)3 nonprofit status. In addition, applicants should:
- Be committed to comparable standards of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) or Assistance Dogs International (ADI).
- Have experience working with military medical treatment facilities or medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Have demonstrated success in placing assistance dogs with service members or Veterans who have documented disability ratings from the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or Veterans Affairs (VA) physical evaluation board.