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How to apply for a Quality of Life grant

Step 1

1. Get informed

Start by reading the Program Overview to learn more.

Step 2

2. Qualify

Read our Eligibility Criteria and Funding Restrictions to determine if your nonprofit organization is eligible to apply for a Quality of Life grant.

Step 3

3. Apply online

Nonprofit organizations that fit the eligibility criteria are invited to apply through our online grants portal.

About the Quality of Life Grants Program

The Quality of Life Grants Program, created by the late Dana Reeve, strives to empower individuals with disabilities and their families by providing grants to nonprofit organizations that improve quality of life through inclusion, access, independence, opportunities for community engagement, and other life-enhancing endeavors.

The Quality of Life Grants Program has funded 3,600 programs nationwide, awarding over $37 million to nonprofit organizations

Helpful information

Quality of Life Grants Program overview
Quality of Life Grants Program overview

Read more about the the Quality of Life Grants Program for nonprofits, established by Dana Reeve.

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Quality of Life grant application process
Quality of Life grant application process

Guidance on how to apply for a Quality of Life grant, as well as the timeline and templates to get you started.

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Current and Past grantees
Current and Past grantees

We have awarded over $37 million in grants since 1999. Browse past grantees to learn more about previous projects and find programs and organizations near you.

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Need help with your application or have other questions?

The answers to most questions can be found within the application guidelines. If you have other questions, please email [email protected].

Frequently asked questions

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from both larger organizations supporting individuals with physical disabilities on a national level, as well as local groups having an immediate and practical impact on individual lives.

Do you award grants to individuals?

No. The Reeve Foundation cannot award grants to individuals, but our team of information specialists can help you identify resources that provide financial assistance. You can call us toll-free on 1-800-539-7309 or send us a question through our simple online form.

Do you give special consideration to programs for veterans or diverse communities?

Yes. 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.

What kind of projects do you fund?

Please refer to the Quality of Life Grants Program overview page for a description of Direct Effect, Priority Impact, and Expanded Impact projects funded. We strongly encourage requests to support the launch of new initiatives or the expansion of existing projects that serve individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

How do you define "organizations that provide services to individuals impacted by paralysis"?

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). We also support initiatives that are focused on caregiving and improving the quality of life of family members who are caring for a loved one living with disability.

What kind of organizations do you support?

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.

Our Quality of Life program is about freedom. - Dana Reeve

The late Dana Reeve passionately believed that while working towards a cure, there are millions of people who deserve an improved quality of life.

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Dana and Christopher Reeve

Resources in your area

Find resources and organizations that support people living with paralysis.

The National Paralysis Resource Center website is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $8,700,000 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.