Adaptive Sports Equipment Grants

The Kelly Brush Foundation believes in the power of sport and recreation to foster inclusion and help develop confidence, independence and physical and mental strength. These benefits are even more important for those living with paralysis. Sport and recreation can be a great equalizer.

* Go to the bottom of the page for Eligibility Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions *

Spring Grant Cycle

Application Open: March 20, 2016

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016

Awards Announced: early May 2016

 

Application Closed

Fall Grant Cycle

Application Open: June 1, 2016

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016

Awards Announced: early November 2016

 

Application will be available June 1, 2016

 

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Our Grants

We provide grants to purchase adaptive sports equipment for recreation and competition alike, with preference to those applicants who demonstrate a desire to achieve an active lifestyle but with financial limitations. We help break down the financial barrier to living an active lifestyle!

What

The most common pieces of equipment that we provide grants to purchase include:

  • Handcycles
  • Monoskis
  • Offroad Handcycles
  • Sport Chairs (Basketball, Tennis, Rugby, etc.)
  • Racing Chairs
  • Nordic Sit Skis
  • Many others!

Where

Our grant applicants are nationwide. We have made grants to over 250 individuals in 46 states!

Click here to meet some of our grant recipients…

 

Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility

  • Documented paralysis due to spinal cord injury (traumatic or other medical cause), spina bifida, transverse myelitis.
  • Reside in the United States.
  • Demonstrate financial need through tax returns or other income documents.
  • Answer all application questions thoroughly, legibly and thoughtfully.

Eligible Equipment

We provide grants for sport and recreation equipment from the common (handcycles, monoskis, sport chairs, etc.) to the less typical (scuba equipment, bowling ramps, equestrian saddles, to name a few). If it helps you get physically active, we’ll consider any equipment application.

We do not accept applications for the following:

  • Propulsion aids (BionX Kits, Rio Mobility Firefly, etc.).
  • Accessory and/or wheelset upgrades.

Preference is given to those applicants that are applying for their first piece of equipment for a particular sport or recreational activity. We still encourage those applying for equipment upgrades to apply and, depending on demand and available funding, such grants are commonly awarded.

Have questions? Please email [email protected]

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For more FAQ, please see the last pages of the grant application.

Who can apply for a grant?

Only individuals residing in the U.S. that have an eligible spinal cord injury or condition may apply. We do not provide grants to programs or teams.

If I am awarded a grant, how do I receive my piece of equipment?

If you receive a grant, you will have until the deadline for the next grant cycle (September 30 or April 1) to take advantage of the grant. Your award letter will include instructions on ordering your equipment from your vendor of choice. We will then pay the vendor directly. Please note that in no case will we reimburse an individual for equipment already purchased, even if awarded a grant.

What makes a good application?

We want to get to know you, why you want to be active, and what being active means to you. We also want to know exactly why you are applying for the specific piece of equipment listed on the application (for example, if you’re applying for a handcycle, we want to know why you’re applying for a Top End Force G rather than a Force 3 or XLT). We want to see that you have experience trying the equipment and that you’ve had the discussion with the vendor why that piece of equipment is right for you.