Challenged Athletes Foundation (“CAF”) Grant, Approved.

Top End Carbon Fiber Rims for Force-R Hand-Cycle. So Sweet…

This past week I was approved for a disabled athlete grant from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (“CAF”), which I applied for in September 2011. I was issued a voucher for Top End carbon fiber rims as an upgrade to my Force-R hand-cycle. My experience with CAF was indeed a good one, and I wanted to share the useful information with everyone.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s flagship program “Access for Athletes” steps in where health insurance and rehabilitation end by providing funding grants for equipment such as rugby wheelchairs, hand-cycles, mono-skis (aka sit-ski), and sports prosthetics. The most important thing to CAF is that the applicant is actively participating in their disabled sport of choice. The Challenged Athletes Foundation prides themselves on making sure that challenged athletes are not left on the sidelines because they can’t afford expensive equipment or training costs. Grant dollar amounts will depend on individual athletic ability and financial need. Although the average sport equipment grant is around $2,000, I’ve heard stories of people getting $3,000 – $5,000…. Did I mention this is FREE?!?!

To be eligible for a grant through Access for Athletes, an athletes physical disability must be recognized within the International Paralympic Committee (“IPC”) classifications. For more information on this you can visit the IPC website.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Access for Athletes grants are distributed once every year. Anyone can submit an application starting September 1st of each year, and must be postmarked by December 1st. Grants are announced in early April. You can check out the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s application page, or read there FAQ page for further information.

My personal experience with the Challenged Athletes Foundation was absolutely a good one. Being somewhat of a pessimist, I wasn’t holding my breathe waiting for an approval letter in the mail. But this past April, just like the website says, they mailed me a letter. To my amazement, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (“CAF”) had granted me a voucher. The voucher covered the entire cost of brand new Top End carbon fiber rims for my Force-R hand-cycle. These rims retail around $2,300. With that being said, there’s absolutely no way I could have afforded the upgrade. So sweet CAF, so sweet…

Please feel free to contact me at if you or anyone you know may be interested in the Challenged Athletes Foundation grant process.

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  • Mandi Rutherford

    I’m very interested in receiving a hand cycle to be able to get out & exercise & enjoy the great outdoors. If you could please assist me in applying for one I would be forever grateful.

  • jerry

    Do you assist disabled vets in aquiring handcycles by chance ?

    • Jacob

      Hi Jerry, Sorry for the delayed response! I’d suggest looking into a “Kelly Brush Foundation” Grant. It’s a good way to receive full (free) funding for a hand-cycle! Basically, you visit their website, which will explain how to apply for a grant. Good news is that they approve more grants each year than they deny. That means you have a really good chance of being approved. If/when you get approved, my store How iRoll Sports ( can easy help process you free hand-cycle grant, and make sure you get the lowest price so you can choose some really cool upgrades! Let me know if you have any other questions,

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