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Grants

Quality of Life Grants Program

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

Applications are welcome from nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals. Grants are awarded to organizations that address the needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including (but not limited to) stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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 Administration for Community Living (AC) Award No. 90PR3001-01-00. 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).

The Reeve Foundation gives special consideration to organizations that serve returning wounded military and their families, and to those that provide targeted services to diverse cultural communities. Requests to support the launch of new initiatives or the expansion of existing projects that serve individuals with paralysis are encouraged. Grant recipients should not rely on the Reeve Foundation for continued funding of their programs or projects. Current program funding enables approximately 25% of requests to be supported at some level.

Since 1999, the Reeve Foundation has provided 2,380 grants totaling more than $17.6 million to organizations that help improve the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis and mobility impairments, and their families. This 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.

Who should apply?
The Foundation aids larger organizations in representing and protecting the individuals with physical disabilities on a national level as well as local groups in having an immediate and practical impact on individual lives.

The Reeve Foundation cannot award grants to individuals, but the Paralysis Information Specialist Team at the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) can help individuals identify resources that can provide financial assistance. Please use our online feedback form or call the PRC (800-539-7309) and request to speak with a Paralysis Information Specialist.

For application information and guidelines, click here.

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