Olympic Grant Money to Target Military With Disabilities

Paralympic sports and physical activity programs will get a boost this year, thanks to a grant from U.S. Paralympics. The organization is accepting proposals for the 2012 Olympic Opportunity Fund, which will provide $1.6 million to community-based organizations for veterans and members of the Armed Forces who have disabilities.

Funding is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Olympic Committee and partner organizations. The deadline for applications is May 11.

“This grant funding is an integral key to the rehabilitation and health of our disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces,” said Chris Nowak, director, VA National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events. “Organizations providing adaptive sport opportunities and programs for veterans can stretch their resources further and serve more veterans.”

Grant sizes will range from $10,000 to $25,000. Eligible organizations include Paralympic sport clubs, U.S. Olympic Committee member organizations, military and veteran organizations, universities and other community-based organizations that provide Paralympic sports programming or opportunities for service men or women with disabilities.

Requested an application here, and download a pdf about the upcoming application process training session on April 19.