American Therapeutic Recreation Association


Grant Opportunities

Grant writing is an important component of funding RT/TR services. Some grants are very involved and some grants are simple to obtain. Below you will find some learning tools regarding grant writing and also resources for finding grants. Good luck and share your successes with us in the future.

The Basics of Grantsmanship

  • Grantsmanship is the art of writing and receiving grants, which may provide money or other tangible items
  • Grants typically come from corporations, foundations, or government entities
  • Grants come in all amounts, forms, and duration
  • Grants typically fund: demonstration projects (new or enhanced programs), education and training, and research
  • Grants may fund equipment, operating costs, facilities, capital improvement
  • Some grants funders put forth a Call for Proposal (CFP) or Request for Proposal (RFP) whereas others, particularly some foundations and corporations, wait for you to initiate the request for monies
  • Some grant funders have deadline dates while others take requests as submitted

Helpful Grant Writing Resources

  • How to Write a Grant Proposal: Step by Step – A 30 minute video that walks you through the grant writing process.
  • 8 Reasons You’ll Get the Grant – A short video that gives you 8 important tips for a good proposal.
  • How to Get a Grant? What’s Most Important? – A good video for understanding the most important aspect of your proposal--the problem statement
  • If you're interested in applying to the federal government for funding, view: Understanding Federal Grant Application Guidelines
  • NIH Grant Tutorials – This site provides a variety of information about applying for NIH (National Institute of Health) grants including information about human subjects and tip sheets for grant writing
  • Foundation Center ( produces a variety of materials related to seeking funding from foundations, corporations, and public charities in the form of webinars, videos, newsletters, Foundation Directory Online, and online training courses plus you can listen to the audio book The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th edition.
  • Intro to Finding Funders – A free webinar (replay) with handouts that introduces you to using the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online – A useful resource for finding non-government funding. View the webinar here.
  • ATRA webinar
    - 2009 – A32014 Session D3a: Grant Proposal Planning for Exercise, Health and Wellness Activities in Recreation Therapy Programs
    - 2014 Session D3b: Finding Funders and Writing Grant Proposals for Recreation Therapy Programs

Searching for Grants

Mega Searches

Interested in Submitting a Grant to Supplement your Therapeutic Recreation Program?  Try these sources:

Autism Services Foundation

Autism Speaks

The Children's Guild Foundation

Christopher Reeve Foundation -- Spinal Cord Injuries

Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation

Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation -- Therapeutic Play