AFNC invites proposals from organizations interested in offering free classes of any of the following AF programs: 

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program® – low-impact land exercise program with seated, standing and optional floor exercises.  Addresses the pain, fatigue and decreased strength that often accompanies arthritis.  One hour class must be offered twice a week.
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program® – a low-impact water exercise program that uses water’s buoyancy to not only assist with exercises but also to protect joints.  Improves and sustains participants’ joint functionality, muscle tone, endurance, independence and self-efficacy.  One hour class must be offered twice a week.
  • Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program® – based on the Sun style of tai chi.  This style includes agile steps and exercises that improve mobility, breathing and relaxation.  One hour class must be offered twice a week.
  • Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program® – a structured six week community-based physical activity and self-management education program that can be done by individuals on their own using the program’s workbook or by groups led by trained leaders.  One hour class must be offered three times a week.

These programs are stand-alone/may not be folded into other classes.  Non-AF programs are not eligible.  Classes must be held at a location in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and covered by standard commercial liability insurance.  Classes may only be taught by an Arthritis Foundation certified instructor. 

Proposals are restricted to and must directly benefit residents of any of AFNC’s 16 county service area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Solano, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma).

Twenty-one $3,000 awards will be made.

Applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations or public agencies; individuals or corporations will not be considered.  Organizations may apply for a maximum of two $3,000 grants ($6,000 total).  If two grants are being requested, answer all narrative questions for both programs in one proposal, ensure there are statements addressing each proposed program for the Evaluation Matrix and include separate budgets.

Deadline for receipt of proposal is 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013.  Applicants will be notified of the Chapter’s decision no l later than Monday, June 17, 2013.  Grant period is August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014.

QUESTIONS?  Due to high volume, questions will only be answered on group technical assistance calls.  3 calls will be offered, but you must RSVP to participate.  Call details provided in the Funding Announcement.

Call 1:  Tuesday, March 26th @ 3pm
Call 2:  Thursday, April 18th @ 10am
Call 3:  Wednesday, May 1st @ 12pm

Download the full Funding Opportunity Announcement/Request for Proposals.
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