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Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces (Equine Assisted Therapy)

Type: Posted • Opportunity: VA-EQUINE-24

Description

Eligible applicants must qualify as a non-Federal Government entity with significant experience in managing a large-scale adaptive sports program for persons with disabilities if those disabilities are those that disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces may have.

The Adaptive Sports Grant Program provides grants to eligible adaptive sports entities to plan, develop, manage, and implement programs to provide adaptive sports activities for Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities. For the purpose of this program, adaptive sports activities include: (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; (3) coordination, Paralympic classification of athletes, athlete assessment, sport-specific training techniques, program development (including programs at the local level), sports equipment, supplies, program evaluation, and other activities related to the implementation and operation of the program.

The primary goal for this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is to ensure that appropriate levels of resources are provided to eligible adaptive sports entities with capabilities that are well-suited to meet the needs and priorities for Veterans with disabilities and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities.

This NOFA announces the availability of $1,500,000 to be awarded for proposals providing equine therapy targeted for Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities related to mental health issues. Adaptive Sports proposals not focused on equine therapy should apply to VA-SPORTS-24.

Background
The Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events (NVSPSE) Program announces the availability of $1,500,000 for the VA Adaptive Sports Grant Program’s Equine Therapy Grants. The primary goal is to ensure that appropriate levels of resources are provided to eligible adaptive sports entities with capabilities that are well-suited to meet the needs and priorities for Veterans with disabilities and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities.

Grant Details
The Adaptive Sports Grant Program provides grants to eligible adaptive sports entities to plan, develop, manage, and implement programs to provide adaptive sports activities for Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities. The equine therapy activities include instruction, participation, and competition in adaptive sports; training and technical assistance to program administrators, coaches, recreation therapists, instructors, VA employees, and other appropriate individuals; coordination, Paralympic classification of athletes, athlete assessment, sport-specific training techniques, program development (including programs at the local level), sports equipment, supplies, program evaluation, and other activities related to the implementation and operation of the program.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants must qualify as a non-Federal Government entity with significant experience in managing a large-scale adaptive sports program for persons with disabilities if those disabilities are those that disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces may have. All key personnel identified in the Equine Therapy Grant application must have experience implementing the adaptive sports activities to be provided and have experience working with persons with disabilities similar to those that Veterans and members of the Armed Forces may experience. Organizations providing equine therapy for mental health must be large scale.

Period of Performance
All Equine Therapy Grant awards will be for a 12-month period from September 30, 2024 – September 30, 2025.

Grant Value
$1,500,000 is available to be awarded by VA for proposals providing equine therapy targeted for Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities related to mental health issues. The maximum award amount for an application under this NOFA is $750,000.00.

Overview

Category of Funding
Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 1/24/24 the Department of Veterans Affairs posted grant opportunity VA-EQUINE-24 for Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces (Equine Assisted Therapy) with funding of $1.5 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 64.034 VA Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Veterans and Disabled Members of the Armed Forces.

Timing

Posted Date
Jan. 24, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
March 27, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 22 Days
Closing Date Explanation
03/27/2024 at 3:00pm Eastern Time
Last Updated
Jan. 24, 2024, 12:30 p.m. EST
Version
1

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
Eligible applicants must qualify as a non-Federal Government entity with significant experience in managing a large-scale adaptive sports program for persons with disabilities if those disabilities are those that disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces may have.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$750,000
Floor
Not Listed
Estimated Program Funding
$1,500,000
Estimated Number of Grants
Not Listed

Contacts

Contact
Colleen Virzi Grantor
Contact Email
Email Description
VA Adaptive Sports Grant Program
Contact Phone
(847) 571-1073

Documents

Posted documents for VA-EQUINE-24

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