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Rowing for Rehabilitation, Recreation and Competition

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 100 K
Funding amount
(1) Project Title: Rowing for Rehabilitation, Recreation and Competition

(2) Brief Project Description:
USRowing seeks a $100,000 grant to increase the number of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) who row for exercise, recreation and competition in the United States. This program is based on prior success with a C. H. Neilsen Foundation grant in 2015-16.

After administering a competitive process with selected USRowing member clubs, USRowing will allocate five $18,000 grants to expand and strengthen five adaptive rowing programs located throughout the United States. Allocated funds will be used for equipment, coaching or transportation, based on the sub-grantees' local knowledge of their highest priority needs.

The goal of the program is to directly impact a minimum of 75 new individuals with SCI, while further strengthening the capacity of the funded groups to serve more individuals with SCI in the future.

USRowing will establish a funding committee, accept a minimum of 12 grant applications, select five sub-grantees, provide technical assistance to the funded groups, and generate national publicity for the program. Applicants will be judged on their proposal's ability to successfully fulfill the goals of the Rowing for Rehabilitation, Recreation & Competition Grant Program, as established by USRowing and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

(3) Expected Outcomes (based on prior experience):
(a) A minimum of 75 new individuals with SCI will be introduced to the sport of adaptive rowing at five USRowing member clubs
(b) 100% of participants will report an increase in quality of life
(c) Fully two thirds (66%) of participants will increase their indoor erg (rowing machine) times by two or more seconds
(d) 100% of participants will become part of a clubhouse (social) environment through indoor and outdoor rowing opportunities
(e) 100% of participants will learn how to interact physically with the natural world while leaving their mobility devices on shore

(4) Relevance to Neilsen Foundation Mission:
In the Arts, Sports and Recreation category, adaptive rowing offers extraordinary and innovative opportunities for individuals with SCI to enhance their quality of life in a very short period of time by becoming involved with America's thriving boathouse culture, by learning how to row, and by getting out on the water with other rowers. Individuals can experience freedom of motion on the water, leave their mobility devices on the dock, and adopt a sport that offers multiple physical, social and emotional benefits throughout their lives. (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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