Canadian Paralympic Committee Para-Equipment & Recruitment Program Funds Now Available

(Ottawa, Ont.) The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) invites Canadian sport organizations to apply for the Para-Equipment and the Recruitment Program Funds. The deadline to submit applications is March 24, 2014.

A successful Parasport system begins with increased awareness and recruitment of participants at the grassroots Parasport level; a sport cannot have a Podium full of athletes without a playground full of participants. In order to facilitate increased participation of Canadians with a disability at the ‘playground’ level, the CPC has the Para-Equipment Fund and the Recruitment Program Fund.

The Para-Equipment Fund (PEF) delivers grants of up to $5,000 to national and provincial sport organizations as well as local-level clubs to purchase adapted equipment – for sports such as wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey, or skiing for people with visual impairments, for example – to enable people with a disability to participate in sport. Grants are awarded to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of the equipment. The applicant is responsible for covering the other 50 per cent of the equipment costs.

The Recruitment Program Fund (RPF) supports the creation of a new program, or the expansion of an existing successful introductory parasport initiative. Funds may be used towards enhancing program options, such as facility rental space, coaching, volunteer training and more.

For more information and to apply for funding, please visit www.paralympic.ca/funding.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.

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