Quality of Life grant application process

Quality of Life Grants Program offers 1st Cycle 2019 Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants with Maximum Award up to $25,000 and High Impact grant tiers as described below.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program is offering a tiered grants strategy in 2019, awarding Direct Effect grants up to $25,000 to support the same wide array of programs and activities that have traditionally been funded by the Reeve Foundation. In addition, we have created High Impact tiers with higher maximum award amounts that focus on targeted high priority issues for people living with paralysis and their families. This enables the Reeve Foundation to continue to support valuable projects and services in communities throughout the United States of America, as well as to highlight, fund and publicize high priority issues and successful solutions.

Requests from organizations not based in the USA are not eligible, and projects outside of the USA, even if the applicant organization is based in the USA, cannot be funded.

The 1st Cycle 2019 Direct Effect Quality of Life grants will fund specific budget items up to a total of $25,000 to support the wide range of projects and activities that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families. Funded projects must be completed within 12 months after the award is received.

Examples of funded projects include: sports wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team; adapted glider in a community playground; a kayak for a rowing program; accessible lockers in a gym; a hydraulic lift at a community pool; electronic door openers for a community center; wheelchair accessible picnic tables at a county fairground; camp scholarships; subsidized lessons for therapeutic horseback riding program; accessible student transportation costs for an inclusive after-school program; and stipends for support group leaders.

Direct Effect grants will have short- to mid-range impact. Long-range impact and sustainability are not expected for projects at this level. Grantees will be required to submit a brief 6-month check in and a final report and evaluation survey at the end of the project.

All applications must be submitted online through the website portal.

Letters of intent (LOIs) are not required for Direct Effect grant applications. All applicants are required to complete and submit as an attachment the Proposed Project Budget template. Detailed instructions for completing the budget are included in the application guidelines.

The 2019 High Impact grants include 5 grants of up to $50,000 for Employment; 4 grants of up to $40,000 for Nursing Home Transition; and 3 grants of up to $30,000 each for the following 3 topic areas: Transportation, Respite/Caregiving, and Disaster Response. Additional high priority topic areas will include Opioid Prevention Education and Addiction Management. Further, a new tier will be piloted in 2019 that will support significant expansion of evidence-based strategies to improve quality of life for people with paralysis and their families.

Program Timeline

Spring 2019 – Quality of Life Grants – Direct Effect (up to $25,000), High Impact ($30,000 + $40,000 + $50,000)

Open Quality of Life Grants Cycle – 2/5/19
Quality of Life Grants Application Technical Assistance Webinar – 2/11/19
Grant Application Submission Deadline – 3/19/19
Applicants Notified – 5/31/19

Fall 2019 – Quality of Life Grants – Direct Effect (up to $25,000) and Expanded Effect (up to $100,000)

Open Quality of Life Grants Cycle – 9/16/19
Quality of Life Grants Application Technical Assistance Webinar – 9/17/19
Grant Application Submission Deadline – 10/29/19
Applicants Notified – 12/27/19

Helpful information

  1. People-First Language Guide
  2. A Quick Guide to Establishing Evaluation Indicators

Click here to access the online application portal.

Helpful Video

This presentation is tailored specifically for nonprofit organizations seeking a Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant for a program or project that directly impacts the lives of individuals living with disabilities and their families.

Recorded from a live broadcast on October 9, 2018.

Download the Powerpoint presentation.

Download the FAQs from the webinar.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.