The Kelly Brush Foundation is dedicated to making active lifestyles a reality for anyone with a spinal cord injury. Life is better active!
Through the Active Fund, we provide grants for individuals with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury to purchase adaptive sports equipment. We believe in the power of sport and recreation to foster inclusion and overcome the barriers of paralysis. We have helped over 600 people from 47 states purchase handcycles, monoskis, sport chairs, racing chairs, hockey sleds, and much more.
Link to Apply at bottom of page.
*Update on Eligibility: We have made changes to eligible causes of paralysis for 2018: Read more >
- The applicant must fill out the application form unless the applicant is younger than the age of 13 or the applicant’s disability prevents the use of a computer. Regardless, the applicant must contribute and consent to all answers.
- We do not make any exceptions for late applications. All components of an application must be received by the deadline, including any materials such as financial documentation that must be mailed or emailed.
- If you have previously received a grant from the Kelly Brush Foundation, you cannot apply for another 2 years. This does not apply for “Try It First” grant recipients, who are eligible the following cycle.
- If you have previously been denied by the Kelly Brush Foundation, you may reapply at any time, paying special attention to improve upon the reason for denial.
- There are three possible decisions an applicant may receive:
- Award (either full or partial)
- “Try It First” Grant – an award of $500 to go towards program or rental fees at an adaptive sports program to gain experience with the equipment applied for.
- While we do not have a minimum or maximum award amount, grants rarely exceed $5,000, and the average grant is generally around $2,500.
- We only pay reputable adaptive sports equipment vendors directly. We DO NOT provide funding to the grant recipient or reimburse for equipment already purchased.
- If you receive a grant, we may use your name and state of residence for marketing purposes. But more importantly, we will want to stay in touch and expect you to report regularly on your experiences with your new equipment.
Individuals with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury who reside in the US.
Please note that this eligibility policy has changed for 2018. Previously we accepted applicants with spina bifida and transverse myelitis. For an explanation on why we changed our policy (and how tough this decision was), please click HERE >.
Other conditions are not eligible for our grant programs, including spina bifida, transverse myelitis, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, post-polio, Guillain-Barre´ Strohl Syndrome, ALS, all other neuropathies, and all other conditions causing disability.
Any piece of sports or recreation equipment specifically designed for people with disabilities that allow an applicant to be active.
We give preference to equipment that provides some fitness benefit. We do, however, consider applications for power equipment where the applicant can persuasively explain why that type of equipment is the best and most appropriate piece of equipment for him/her to live an active lifestyle.
We will not consider applications for:
- Non-adaptive sports equipment such as standard bicycles, skis/boots/poles, automotive equipment, etc.
- Accessory upgrades (such as wheelsets)
- Everyday wheelchairs
- FES equipment
- Motorized wheelchair attachments
- Indoor exercise equipment such as trainers (for handcycles), gym equipment, stationary bikes or rowing machines
- All other non-adaptive equipment
Quotes that include accessories such as sport computers, tee shirts, premium wheelsets, and other accessories will be reduced by the amount of such accessories when considered by the Grants Committee.
Have all checklist documents saved on your computer before beginning the online application form. While you will be able to save your application and return later, you will minimize the risk of losing application information by being prepared before filling out the online form.
The application has 4 parts, each of which must be thoroughly and timely completed.
What you will need before beginning the online application.
→ Documentation of Paralysis – A letter on the letterhead of a treating physician or primary care provider.
→ Vendor Quotes – 2 personalized quotes from reputable adaptive sports equipment vendors.
→ Financial Documentation – Your relevant financial documentation of income and/or wealth.
→ Personal Recommendation (NEW) – A recommendation from a coach, instructor, peer you plan to be active with, or someone else that can speak to how the equipment will affect your life.
→ Photos (Optional)
For more information and instructions, please read the Guidelines: