• Meg McCall

2021 Adaptive Sports Equipment Grants

Our goal at Angle Oar is to help as many people as possible experience the transformational powers of the outdoors as independently as possible. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our designs, adding new products to the mix, and pointing people to other adaptive resources that will get them out on the water or active in some way.

Our grants for adaptive sports equipment blog from last year was very popular, so we're brushing off list, removing some of the funding sources that are now inactive and adding quite a few new ones!

As with any grant, the eligibility criteria, funds available and application deadlines for the grants that follow vary. Some are open to all organizations, some only to veterans, and others only to geographic regions or program participants. Please review the eligibility requirements carefully to make sure it’s a good fit for both parties before you apply. Note: Please keep in mind most of these grantors were probably hit hard in 2020 due to a challenging fundraising environment from COVID-19, so availability of funds may be both more limited and more competitive in the coming year.

Fundraising can be a challenging, time-consuming endeavor. So without further ado, here is a list of grant resources that may help you in your quest to secure funding for adaptive equipment, such as adaptive kayaking products, handcycles, wheelchair skiing, adaptive soccer or any other recreational activity.

1. Adaptive Recreation & Equipment Grants


Offers financial and equipment grants to visually impaired and mobility impaired athletes for costs related to competing in the world of adaptive sports.

Challenged Athletes Foundation

Grants to individuals with permanent physical disabilities worldwide for travel and competition expenses, coaching and training expenses, and adaptive sports equipment.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation – Quality of Life Grants

Awards grants to non-profit organizations that impact and empower people living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Grants

Supports organizations conducting SCI research, training in spinal cord medicine, and providing services to assist individuals and families affected by spinal cord injury.

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Friendship Circle - Great Bike Giveaway

Povides adaptive bikes to individuals with special needs and raises crucial awareness for the need of adaptive bikes.

Getting Back Up

Provides select individuals with funding for participation in exercise-based recovery programs and the purchase of adaptable products.

Hive Fives Foundation

Focuses on providing resources to people who were injured participating in outdoor sports.

I AM ABLE Foundation - Equipment Grants

Provides adaptive sports gear and group fitness programs to individuals with disabilities in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Kelly Brush Foundation – The Active Fund

Provides grants for individuals with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury to purchase adaptive sports equipment.

Move United - Chapter Grants

Distributes grants to its member chapters each year for adaptive sports programs and equipment.

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Outdoor Ability Foundation

Grants to purchase adaptive equipment (e.g., crossbow cocking devices, portable hunting blinds, fishing or skiing equipment) to provide outdoor experiences for the disabled.

Road Runner Sports – Athletes Helping Athletes Foundation

Adaptive bicycling grants for children 18 and under who have a permanent physical disability or severe mobility impairment.

Spinal Cord Opportunities for Rehabilitation Endowment (SCORE) Grants

Provides modest financial grants to people paralyzed while participating in sports or recreational activities.

Travis Roy Foundation

Focuses on empowering spinal cord injured survivors through adaptive equipment grants and funding SCI research to benefit people with chronic injuries.

Triumph Foundation – Keep Moving Forward Grant & Employment Achievement Award

Assists people with spinal cord injuries in getting necessary equipment, supplies and services.

Two Angels Foundation

The mission of the Two Angels Foundation is increasing the recreational activities for children living in Colorado with physical disabilities by providing them with adaptive bikes.

Wheel to Walk Foundation

Helps children with disabilities, 20 years and younger, obtain medical and adaptive equipment (strollers, car seats, tricycles, wheelchairs) not provided by insurance. Grants currently only open to recipients in Oregon, Washington, Idaho or California.

For Veterans

paddling and canoeing quadriplegic
Dave, a quadraplegic with a C5/6 injury, last summer.

The Independence Fund – Adaptive Sports Program

Ensures that our most catastrophically wounded, ill or injured veterans are becoming involved in sports.

Semper Fi Fund

Grants for specialized equipment to help service members with injuries or illnesses.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Adaptive Sports Grants Program

Gives veterans the opportunity to improve their independence, well-being and quality of life through adaptive sports and therapeutic arts programs.

2. Adaptive Technology & Targeted Grants

In our research, we came across a number of other grant resources that may not be geared to adaptive recreation equipment but which may be suitable for other types of assistive technologies, such as mobility aids (e.g., wheelchairs, scooters, prosthetic devices), hearing aids, computer software or vehicle adaptations. In other cases, eligibility for these particular grants is limited to a geographic area or to participants already involved in a given program.

Chive Charities

Supports individuals in the US with rare medical conditions, veterans and first responders with medically-related needs, providing therapy equipment, mobility devices and more.

First Hand

First Hand provides funding for children whose families cannot afford medical care, equipment, vehicle modifications, or displacement related to care.

Friends of Man

Works through referring professionals (case managers, health care workers, etc.) who apply on behalf of their clients needing mobility equipment, prosthetics, hearing aids and much more!

Funding It Forward

Helps families obtain expensive medical and adaptive equipment such as augmentative communication devices, bathing and feeding chairs, enclosed beds or sensory equipment. Note: Requires recipients to engage in fundraising activities for future recipients.

HALO Foundation

Enhances the quality of life for children in Massachusetts with neurological disease by providing tangible items that increase physical comfort, facilitate social interaction, and build acceptance in the greater community.

Speedway Charities

Provides one-time grants, in specific geographic regions, to worthy non-profit organizations that address the needs of children.

Wheelchairs 4 Kids

Provides wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications as well as other assistive and therapeutic devices for children that have limited mobility due to illness, accident or abuse.

Be Perfect Paralysis Awareness Foundation

Offers direct financial and emotional aid to individuals living with paralysis.

Byron Reisch Paralysis Foundation

Gives assistance (ramps, bikes, vehicle modifications) to those withneurological disorders, with priority to going to spinal cord injuries and people in Wisconsin.

Loma Linda University Health – PossAbilities Grants

Supports PossAbilities members with grants to improve their quality of life and assist with stronger integration of those with disabilities into the community (e.g., equipment, travel, social outings).

Tyler Schrenk Foundation

Provides grants for assistive technologies helping individuals regain their independence.

3. Additional State-Specific Grant Resource Pages

We also found a couple of comprehensive resource lists that may be helpful as you drill down to grants or other funding sources available in your state.

4. Local Funding Sources

In addition to the many opportunities above, nearly every community offers funding to local non-profit groups or scholarships to individuals.

United Way: United Way funding priorities will differ by region and will usually be in the form of annual or multi-year funding for entire programs. Occasional “special” grants may be available for one-time needs, such as purchasing adaptive equipment.

Community Foundation, Rotary Club and Elks Clubs: Many local foundations and civic organizations offer scholarships and small grants to area organizations and individuals.

Government: Many city and/or county municipalities will offer funds for inclusive programming, whether it be through human services or parks and recreation divisions.

Businesses: Check the websites of the large employers in your community to find out what types of grants they might make available to the community.

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Of course, there are dozens of other strategies for raising funds besides grants, including corporate sponsorships, hosting events, conducting fundraising campaigns, and even utilizing crowdfunding platforms. We hope, however, that this list of grant sources will get you off to a good start.

Let Us Help

If you would like additional ideas or grantwriting advice, or need Versa or Gamut product details for your grant application, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@angleoar.com!

P.S. Check out our Adaptive Kayaking InfoGraphic for statistics and information related to kayaking that you might be able to use in your grant application. Also, try our Adaptive Kayaking Equipment Budget Estimating Calculator if you're applying for kayaking-related grants.

Angle Oar LLC's mission is getting people who didn’t think they had the strength or endurance to kayak out on the water and keeping experienced paddlers there longer! We provide adaptive paddles, outriggers and other equipment to people with shoulder problems, physical disabilities or limited upper body strength due to age, injury or ability.