Quality of Life grants, conceived by the late Dana Reeve, 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. She started the Quality of Life grants program to recognize and support organizations that help disabled individuals, their families and caregivers in ways that increase independence, day-to-day happiness, and access.

Funding is awarded twice yearly to nonprofit organizations that provide critical life-enhancing and life-changing programs and services that improve physical and emotional health. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting opportunities; and more to individuals living with paralysis and their communities.

Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000383-1).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 scleroses (ALS).


In addition to completing an online application (mostly basic information needed for our database), the following documentation must be attached with all applications:

Completed Quality of Life Grant Application IRS 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination


Program Timeline

1st Cycle online application submission period opens January 2

1st Cycle application submission deadline on about March 1

1st Cycle decisions announced (and checks mailed) in June

2nd Cycle online application submission period opens July 1

2nd Cycle application submission deadline on or about September 1

Decisions announced (and checks shipped) January

The online application is activated on the first day of the grant cycle and deactivated at 11:59 pm CST on the last day of the cycle. No applications are accepted after the deadline.


The Reeve Foundation awards Quality of Life grants up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis.


Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

636 Morris Turnpike

Suite 3A

Short Hills, NJ 07078