The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis.
Quality of Life grants of up to $25,000 are awarded to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people with paralysis, with some emphasis on, but not limited to, paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries. Since 1999, the program has provided almost 1,500 grants totaling nearly $12 million to organizations worldwide working to improve opportunities, access, and day-to-day quality of life for individuals living with paralysis and their families. The program recognizes the unique and numerous needs of these individuals and the importance of providing services and programs that enable them to participate in all areas of life.
Funding is awarding twice yearly to programs in three broad categories:
1) Actively Achieving projects enable people with paralysis to get out and live - ride a bike, compete in sports, climb a mountain, hike a trail, train for a job, play with friends on a totally accessible playground, work out in a fitness program, and more.
2) Bridging Barriers projects help people with paralysis overcome obstacles to full participation in society - operate voice-activated computer technology, modify homes and buildings to make them wheelchair accessible, help with legal problems, access transportation services, and more.
3) Caring and Coping projects help take care of both the individuals with paralysis and the people that care for them - projects may include caregiver support and respite, peer networks, support groups, counseling, consumer and healthcare professional educational conferences, specialized training for healthcare professionals, and more.
Some Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that address that needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases, and birth conditions, including, but not limited to, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
The Reeve Foundation also gives special consideration to organizations that serve returning wounded military and their families, as well as to those that provide targeted services to diverse cultural communities.
As a general rule, grants are not awarded for operating costs (i.e., rent, utilities, etc.), nor are they awarded for start-up organizations. Multiple-year grants are not awarded. Grants are not awarded to individuals. Quality of Life grants are most often awarded to nonprofit organizations that have 501(c)(3) status, but may also be awarded to community parks, schools, veteran's hospitals, tribal entities, etc. Most Quality of Life grants are awarded within the United States, although the Reeve Foundation does award a small number of grants to nonprofit organizations based outside the U.S.
Grants are awarded in two cycles per year. The first cycle opens on or about January 2 and the second cycle opens on or about July 1. The application deadlines are March 1 and September 1, respectively.
Application submission periods and deadlines are subject to change when necessary. Check the foundation Web site for complete program information and updates.
Primary Subject: Disabilities
Geographic Funding Area: National
Link to Complete RFP:
March 1, 2009 and September 1, annually