NDAD is pleased to call for applications for its 2022 Adaptive Recreation Grant. It's a $5,000 grant opportunity for agencies/organizations that promote and support adaptive recreational activities for people with disabilities.
2021 Adaptive Recreation Grant recipients
Perhaps the need is for a special event, an adaptive equipment purchase or upgrade, or a new or expanded recreation program. The potential uses may vary widely, but it must be to help serve people with disabilities through adaptive recreational activities.
Click here for the grant application, more information and for eligibility requirements.
The deadline for applications is Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 5 p.m. Please return the completed application form to Leslie Stastny at NDAD, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NDAD awarded four new 2021 grants of up to $5,000 each in early December 2021 to area organizations in a second grant round that focused on adaptive recreation.
The second-round recipients and their projects:
• HOPE, Inc., Fargo, to help keep costs lower for adaptive activity equipment and facility rental fees needed by participants with mobility challenges and their families, and help offer activity scholarships to families under financial stress.
• Annie’s House Adaptive Recreation Program, Bottineau, to help provide operational costs and upgrades for its StoryWalk, an inclusive outdoor book-reading loop trail. The program plans to add mobile sign bases, interchangeable sign backers and other sustainable assistive touches.
• Enrichment Operation, Moorhead, Minn., to provide twice-weekly strength and conditioning fitness classes, with transportation, for roughly 15 mostly at-risk middle school students to help them develop and sustain healthy habits and relationships in a supportive environment.
• Eventide Senior Living Communities, Fargo, to purchase a unique software-driven, 75-inch interactive touchscreen system that uses technology to help its residents engage with others, and continue to have purpose and meaningful cognitive, emotional, social, physical and spiritual connections.
Earlier, during the summer of 2021, NDAD awarded its inaugural Adaptive Recreation Grants for projects by the Glen Ullin Park District, Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports, TR 4 Heart and Soul, and Grand Forks Growth and Support Center.
Here’s how that first-round grant money was being used:
- Grand Forks Growth and Support Center was using the money to purchase an adaptive side-by-side bicycle for day habilitation physical recreation at one of its programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More about the organization: www.gfgrowthandsupport.com.
- TR 4 Heart and Soul’s project was for improvements to a wheelchair ramp to allow participants to safely mount their horses, and additional riding helmets for multiple adaptive horse riders and volunteers with physical and emotional disabilities and other health challenges to help improve mobility function and independence during its therapeutic riding programs. More about the Bismarck-based organization: www.therapeuticriding4has.org.
- Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports purchased more sports wheelchairs to increase opportunities to Minot area youth and adults with physical and mental disabilities. They’ll be used for a wheelchair sports program started at Minot Family YMCA and also to be able to host more camps, tournaments and other adaptive sports events. More information about the organization: www.prairiegritsports.com.
- Glen Ullin Park District added several pieces of adaptive and accessible playground equipment at its Sunshine Park for small children with disabilities to provide greater inclusiveness for all children. More information about the park district: www.glenullinparkdistrict.yolasite.com.
Congratulations from NDAD to these 2021 grant recipients and the communities they serve, and thanks also to all the fine organizations that applied.