By Jim Wenzel, WTC Stratcom
Attention all adaptive sports and physical activity program participants, managers, and directors! U.S. Paralympics is currently accepting proposals from military, veteran, and other community-based organizations for the $1.25 million 2010 Olympic Opportunity Paralympic Fund. Providing grants in increments of $10,000 to $50,000, this fund intends to increase and enhance sport and physical activity programs for disabled Veterans and Soldiers.
By providing these grants to programs in local communities, the 2010 Olympic Opportunity Paralympic Fund will enable more wounded Veterans and Soldiers to tap into the benefits of competitive adaptive sports and physical activities. As a result, the fund will promote increased participation in large-scale Paralympic sport programs at both the regional and national level.
The selection committee plans to grant 50% of the awards to Paralympic Sports Programs and 20% to University-based programs. The remaining 30% may be awarded to other organizations based on the competitive merit of their submission. According to the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents, additional considerations will be given to sustainable programs that engage DoD or VA resources that match or provide community support for Paralympic sports such as: alpine skiing, archery, biathlon, cross-country skiing, cycling, shooting (target) or track and field.
The submission deadline is fast approaching. If you are involved in an adaptive sport or physical activity program serving disabled Soldiers or Veterans, your program director or coordinator should be made aware of this opportunity and encouraged to provide a submission.
The request for proposal details and RFP documents can be found online at http://usparalympics.org/community-programs/2010-olympic-opportunity-fund and all completed applications are due by Monday, August 16 at 8 a.m. M.T.
For more information, please contact Tim Willis, Manager Paralympic Grants, USOC, at 719-866-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.