Funder: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation; Opportunity: Quality of Life Grants; Funding Focus: Disabilities, health care, supportive services; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: 501(c) nonprofits (most common recipients), community parks, schools, veteran’s hospitals and tribes; Funding: Multiple awards up to $25,000 each; Deadline: Aug. 15.
Summary: Grantees use these funds to improve the daily lives of people with paralysis. The program supports a wide array of programs that are organized in three key thematic areas: (1) Actively Achieving; (2) Bridging Barriers; or (3) Caring and Coping (ABC’s). The foundation strongly encourages requests to support the launch of new initiatives or the expansion of existing projects that serve individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.
The foundation really wants to hear from organizations serving returning wounded military and minorities. The foundation places some emphasis on applicants providing services for those with paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries. Various types of services will be considered from education and job training to organized sporting opportunities for individuals living with paralysis. At least 50% of funding will be dedicated to organizations that have not received prior QOL support. Current program funding enables approximately 25% of requests to be supported at some level.