Funder Focuses on Programs for Those with Disabilities

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.

Info: 800/539-7309; e-mail,; for questions or more on the funding opportunity.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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