Grants for Riding Stables for Kids With Disabilities

by Elle Stober

Grants for therapeutic horseback riding stables serving children with disabilities are available from horse breed registries, private trusts and corporate charitable foundations. Local charities, including United Way chapters, sometimes make grants to therapeutic riding programs. In most cases, grants are only given to nonprofit groups with a 501 (c) (3) designation from the IRS. Plan your proposal carefully, detailing your stable's organizational structure, goals, the project for which you seek funding and a project budget.

American Paint Horse Foundation

The American Paint Horse Foundation awarded its first therapeutic riding center grant in 2009. That same year, therapeutic riding classes were added to the American Paint Horse Association Summer World Show and the Foundation gave each of the participating therapeutic riding centers $500 grants. Grants are offered annually. The Foundation also funds the Back in the Saddle program, which bestows a custom-made, therapeutic saddle to an injured and/or disabled equestrian. The program began in 2010. Therapeutic Riding Center Grants American Paint Horse Foundation P.O. Box 961023 Ft. Worth, TX 76161-0023 817-222-6431 aphfoundation.org

American Quarter Horse Foundation

The American Quarter Horse Foundation reinforces work done at therapeutic riding centers through its America's Horse Cares program. The Foundation has awarded more than $298,000 to roughly 98 therapeutic riding centers across the U.S. since 2002. The Foundation has set a goal to increase the annual award amount to $250,000. America's Horse Cares American Quarter Horse Foundation 2601 East I-40 Amarillo, TX 79104 806-378-5029 Aqua.com

CVS Caremark

CVS Caremark makes grants available to therapeutic riding centers for disabled children through its community grants program. Grants of up to $5,000 are made to nonprofit organizations that provide rehabilitation services to disabled children and boost opportunities for physical activity and play. Applications are accepted Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 and must be submitted online. CVS Caremark Corporation One CVS Drive Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-765-1500 CVSCaremark.com.

Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts

Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts give grants for charitable and educational purposes and to aid those who are disabled. The Fifth Third Bank Foundation serves as the trustee and makes award decisions. Grants are made solely to 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations located in the regions in which Fifth Third Bancorp operates; applicants are asked to write a letter describing their organization's purpose and the project for which they are seeking grant monies. Applications are made online only; unsolicited grant requests are not accepted. Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts The Foundation Office Fifth Third Bank 38 Fountain Square Plaza, MD 1090CA Cincinnati, OH 45263 513-534-4397 53.com

About the Author

Elle Stober has been writing and editing professionally since 1989. She worked for newspapers in Tennessee towns, including Sevierville and Knoxville, and in Florida in Apalachicola, Lake City and Tallahassee. Her work has appeared in "Florida Wildlife" and the "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette." She won several awards in Florida Society of Newspaper Editors competitions. Stober earned a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Tennessee.

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