Other grant and scholarship opportunities
While U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, does provide funding to athletes, other organizations also provide grants and scholarships to Paralympic-eligible athletes, including those with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Eligibility is determined by the organizations. Funding provided by the organizations listed below may be for equipment, travel and training expenses.
Athletes Helping Athletes provides handcycles to children (18 and under) with a permanent physical disability.
Challenged Athletes Foundation grants are awarded for a wide range of physical challenges, across the entire spectrum of sport. CAF does not discriminate by age, disability, sport or level of ability. The hundreds of athletes assisted by CAF range from world class athletes competing on an international level for Team USA to those who are recently disabled and are intent on becoming more active. Grants are distributed once a year, with applications being accepted from Sept. 1-Dec. 1 each year. Additionally, CAF's Operation Rebound provides unparalleled sports opportunities and support to our troops and veterans of any branch of service and first responders who have suffered permanent physical injuries in the line of duty. Participation in Operation Rebound is open to any U.S. service member or veteran who suffered a permanent physical disability - such as loss of a limb(s), sight, or spinal cord injury -- in the Global War on Terror.
A national nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve the war injured. Disabled Sports USA now offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events. Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions. Specifically, the Disabled Sports USA's Diana Golden Fund supports and encourages junior athletes with disabilities in their pursuit of excellence in skiing. Scholarships and training grants. Support of learn to race programs or camps. Its own junior development or race program.
The Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships are awarded annually to one male (Arthur E. Copeland Scholarship) and one female (Helen Copeland Scholarship) who is currently a United States Association of Blind Athletes member, is legally blind and is enrolling/enrolled at a two-year or four-year or technical institution or university as a full-time student. Applicants must have participated in USABA sports programs. Consideration will be given to students with good academic records, involvement in civic/extracurricular activities, academic goals/objectives and USABA involvement at various levels. Applicants must be United States citizens.
Behind every Women's Sports Foundation grant lies one concrete objective: provide girls access to sport and physical activity despite background or financial ability. Grants are awarded to girl-serving organizations who strive to provide diverse, underserved populations of girls ages 8-18 with a way to get involved in sport and physical activity. Not only does the Women's Sports Foundation invest in girls' sport participation through nationwide grants, we also invest in the female leaders who make these opportunities possible. The Women's Sports Foundation's scholarship program gives women at the collegiate level financial assistance in their pursuit for a higher education in the sports industry.
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members. WWP funding is only for service members with physical disabilities.
U.S. Paralympics is not responsible for funding provided by other organizations. Availability of grants and scholarships is subject to change.