VA Announces Awardees of Grants that Support Disabled Veterans in Adaptive Sports
Approximately 10,000 Veterans and Servicemembers Expected to Benefit
Download the FY15 Adaptive Sports Grant Recipients List
The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels. Originally authorized as the U.S. Paralympics Integrated Adaptive Sports Program, in December 2013 Public Law 113-59 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-113publ59/html/PLAW-113publ59.htm) designated the VA’s Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events (NVSP&SE) to directly manage the ASG Program. P.L. 113-59 also enacted other changes such as establishing provision to facilitate ASG Program activities in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and authorized grant components such as eligible entities and administrative costs. The ASG Program emphasizes partnerships with the Department of Defense and adaptive sports communities. The ASG Program rules are published in 38 CFR Part 77, Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces.
Download the 38 CFR Part 77
As defined in P.L. 113-59, “an eligible entity is an entity with significant experience in managing a large-scale adaptive sports program.” Entities eligible for the ASG Program include National Paralympic Committees, National Governing Bodies, Parks and Recreation Divisions, colleges and universities, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), Paralympic Sport Clubs and other Paralympic and adaptive sport organizations, and nonprofit organizations. Federal governmental entities are not eligible to apply for the ASG Program, but may be a partner. Further definitions, application criteria, and other ASG Program details are available in 38 CFR Part 77. Although P.L. 113-59 authorized the ASG Program for two years, P.L. 114-58 extended the ASG Program for FY2016.
In addition, the following adaptive sport activities are authorized under the ASG Program:
(1) Instruction, participation, and competition in adaptive sports;
(2) Training and technical assistance to program administrators, coaches, recreation therapists, instructors, VA employees, and other appropriate individuals; and
(3) Coordination, Paralympic classification of athletes, athlete assessment, sport-specific training techniques, program development (including program at the local level), sports equipment, supplies, program evaluation, and other activities related to the implementation and operation of the program.
As specified in the legislation that established the ASG Program, federal agencies are not eligible to receive grant funding from the program. However, federal agencies are encouraged to partner with Non-Federal entities to jointly create national, regional and community-based programs that provide adaptive sports activities for disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces.
The VA is authorized to award up to $8 million annual in ASG Program. The amount of grant funding awarded to each eligible organization varies per calendar year and organizations may apply for more than one ASG Program grant.
How to apply
To apply for an ASG Program grant, each organization applying must submit a proposal based on the instructions provided in the Notice of Funding Availability to the ASG Program Grant. For details, please contact Michael Welch, Paralympic Program Specialist, 202-632-7136, Michael.Welch5@va.gov.
The ASG Program Grant application period is subject to change each fiscal year. To receive information about future ASP Grants, send an email to vacoadaptiveSP@va.gov.
For awareness of ASG Program procedures and forms, the FY2015 ASG Program Grant Instructions for Application, the ASG Program Grant Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), the Questions Related to ASG Program Opportunity VA-ASP-2015-01, and the Admin and Financial Review Questionnaire for ASG Program Grant Applicants are posted for download below. When the FY2016 ASG NOFA and application are released, these documents will be updated during the grant application period. The Admin and Financial Review Questionnaire for ASG Program Grant Applicants is provided as a tool to aid developing ASG Program grant applications, but is required to be submitted as part of the ASG Program grant application.
Download the VA Form 10096 Adaptive Sports Grant Application.pdf