Program Timeline

Fall 2021 Quality of Life Grants – Direct Effect (Tier 1) and Priority Impact (Tiers 2-4)

2021 2nd Cycle Quality of Life Grants Program Calendar

  • Cycle Opens: September 2, 2021
  • Technical Assistance Webinar: September 14, 2021
  • Deadline for emailed questions: September 15, 2021 (email to [email protected])
  • Proposals Due: October 14, 2021
  • External Review: October 18 – November 4
  • Internal Review: November 8 - December 6
  • Grants awarded and funded by the end of December
  • Grant period begins January 1, 2022

Quality of Life grant application process

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program offers a tiered grants strategy awarding Direct Effect (Tier 1) grants up to $25,000 to support a wide array of programs and activities. In addition, we have created Priority Impact grants (Tiers 2, 3 & 4) 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. Expanded Impact grants (Tier 5) are expansions of previously awarded QOL programs that have achieved demonstrable successful impact.

For Full Program Details please visit our QOL Program Overview Page.

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. Please see all of the Eligibility Criteria (through the link below).

All applications must be submitted online through the online grants portal.

Grant Review Process

Learn more about the Quality of Life Grant Review Process.

Helpful information

  1. Direct Effect and Priority Impact Grant Application and Program Guidelines - forthcoming
  2. People-First Language Guide
  3. A Quick Guide to Establishing Evaluation Indicators
  4. Eligibility Criteria
  5. Budget and Expense Allocation Form - forthcoming
  6. Budget Narrative Template
  7. FAQs (questions received for past grant cycles)

Click here to access the online application portal.

Webinar: Applying for a Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant

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.


This webinar was presented on February 9, 2021.

Please be sure to see the FAQs above for questions received prior to, during, and after this 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.