Reeve Foundation Awards 84 Nonprofit Organizations Quality Of Life Grants

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on August 19, 2015 # Quality of Life

With the highest total amount awarded in the past seven years, the Reeve Foundation presented $704,732 in grants to support quality of life initiatives for the paralysis community.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a leading nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, announced it has awarded $704,732 in Quality of Life grants to 84 nonprofit organizations nationwide. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, Quality of Life grants support fellow nonprofits that mirror the Reeve Foundation's mission and commitment to foster community engagement, enhance independence and promote life-changing initiatives. The program has awarded over 2,500 grants, totaling nearly $19 million since its inception in 1999.

Awarded twice yearly, grant requests were evaluated and scored based on a rigorous review process to determine funding for organizations that improve daily life for those living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers. For this cycle, there was a surge in grant requests proposing accessible solutions for transportation.

"Each grant cycle, we see the majority of proposals and requests focus on athletic endeavors, and we typically fund many of these transformational programs," said Maggie Goldberg, Vice President of Policy and Programs, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. "However, given the recent surge of applicants requesting grants to improve accessibility in their communities, we decided to strategically award the largest grant of $25,000 to Teller Senior Coalition to fund the purchase of a multi-passenger wheelchair accessible van. Accessible transportation remains one of the biggest challenges for individuals living with disabilities and the goal of Quality of Life grants is to combat any barriers -- virtual or physical -- by supporting the efforts of local and regional nonprofits to increase quality of life and foster independence."

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