The Olympic Opportunity Fund (OOF) for Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the number and quality of opportunities disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic sport programs at the regional and national levels.

The USOC will award grant funding ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 (up to $1.6 million total). Funding for this opportunity is from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events.

Those eligible to apply for a grant through the OOF include Paralympic Sport Clubs, colleges / universities, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) and community-based organizations. In addition, these organizations must also:

  1. Serve disabled Veterans or disabled members of the Armed Forces or both.

  2. Provide regular, frequent activity over an extended period of time (weeks or months) - one-time events will not be funded unless the event serves as a launching or focal point for ongoing Paralympic or non-Paralympic sport programming.

  3. Be designed for long-term sustainability without continued OOF support.

  4. Have specific objectives and measurable outcomes for participation, community involvement, publicity, skill progress and / or other factors.

Additional consideration is given to programs that:

  • Engage local VA staff and resources.

  • Engage local Department of Defense (DoD) staff and resources.

  • Provide the program offering(s) in an appropriate, community-integrated structure.

  • Have a focused geographical catchment area to facilitate regular and frequent return participation

  • Involve Paralympic sports.

  • Are active Paralympic Sport Clubs.

  • Have a demonstrated history of recruiting and serving significant numbers of disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.

  • Have secured matching funds or other tangible community support.

As specified in the legislation that established the fund, federal agencies are not eligible to receive grant funding from the program. However, federal agencies are encouraged to collaborate with community organizations or VSOs to jointly create community-based programs that serve disabled Veterans.

For more information, please contact Tim Willis, Manager Paralympic Grants, USOC, at 719-866-4536 or tim.willis@usoc.org.