Back to Sports Mini-Grant Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Updated:Sep 8,2017

1. What are the requirements to participate in the Back to Sports Mini-Grant Program?

The Back to Sports Mini-Grant Program is implemented by the American Heart Association (AHA) in order to promote physical activity and safe sport participation among youth by delivering sports safety information to parents who have children participating or are considering participating in sports. Eligible athletic trainers may apply for a mini-grant and must comply with the grant requirements.

2. What mini-grants are available?

Whether you are a new applicant or a returning Back to Sports mini-grant recipient, there is a mini-grant to support you. There are two levels of mini-grants available – Tier 1 (new applicants) and Tier 2 (previous mini-grant recipients).

3. What do mini-grant recipients receive?

The resources and materials provided enable athletic trainers to have everything they need to conduct Back to Sports meetings.

4. When must the Back to Sports meeting be completed?

All mini-grant recipients must execute a Back to Sports meeting within the school year the mini-grant was awarded or no later than July 31st of that school year.

5. When is the deadline to apply?

The mini-grant application form will remain open for submissions until all grant funds have been exhausted. AHA will post a conspicuous notice on the Back to Sports website when the submission period is closed.

6. Who can apply?

Athletic trainers can apply for a mini-grant. Athletic trainers will be required to supply either their board of certification number, state license number or their NATA member ID number on the application form and may be subject to other verification of their credentials by AHA prior to awarding the mini-grant.

7. How do I apply for the Back to Sports mini-grant and when will I be notified if I have been selected?

Complete and submit the Back to Sports Mini-Grant Program application form. Application forms will be processed within approximately two to three weeks after they are received by the AHA.

8. When do I apply for the mini-grant?

Athletic trainers must apply for a mini-grant prior to conducting a Back to Sports meeting in order to receive the mini-grant benefits. If you conduct a meeting before your application has been approved by the AHA, you are not eligible to receive mini-grant benefits for that meeting/event.

9. How many times can I apply for a mini-grant?

Athletic trainers may apply and be awarded for one mini-grant. 

10. Can I facilitate more than one meeting?

The mini-grant covers funding for one meeting. However, the Back to Sports digital toolkit and CPR in Schools Training KitTM can be used more than once should you choose to facilitate more than one meeting on your own. We hope you will consider using the materials for multiple meetings.

11. What if I am not selected to receive the mini-grant? Can I still host a Back to Sports meeting?

Mini-grant funds are limited and only a limited number of applicants will be selected to receive a mini-grant. However, even if you are not selected to receive a mini-grant, you can still host a Back to Sports meeting using the digital materials available online on the Back to Sports website. You must complete the online registration form in order to access the digital Back to Sports Toolkit.

12. Who can I contact for more information or questions about the Back to Sports Program?

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