Next Active Fund Deadline – September 16, 2018
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.
The Spring Grant Cycle is now closed. The Fall Grant Cycle will open in June.
*Update on Eligibility: We have made changes to eligible causes of paralysis for 2018: Read more >
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:
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: