Quality of Life Grants Program Reopens in January 2018

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program reached a major milestone in 2016, surpassing $20 million in funding to nonprofit organizations all over the United States and in 37 countries. And, thus far in 2017, the Reeve Foundation awarded 122 grants in four different categories, totaling over $1.2 million. To ensure the continued growth of the program and to clarify the vision and mission of the Quality of Life grants program created by the late Dana Reeve, a retreat was held in April 2017, convening program staff, members of the Board of Directors, and an external professional facilitator.

The first change to be implemented as a result of this retreat is to condense two cycles of Quality of Life grants into one. Therefore, the 2nd Cycle 2017 Quality of Life grant is suspended and will be combined with the 1st Cycle 2018 to open in early January with results announced before May 31, 2018.

Other changes under consideration are increasing the maximum grant award and creating funding tiers.

Please check back often for updated information.

Program Timeline

Quality of Life grant applications are submitted online through the Reeve Foundation website and reviewed in periods called cycles, as listed below:

2017 program timeline

  • 1st Cycle online application submission period opened January 4
  • 1st Cycle application submission deadline: February 15, 11:59 pm ET
  • 1st Cycle decisions announced (and checks mailed) end of May

The next Quality of Life grant application cycle will open early January 2018. Please check back here for further developments.

Please note that deadlines falling on a weekend or holiday are moved to the next occurring week day. For example, if February 15 falls on Saturday, the deadline is February 16. Applications are accepted up until 11:59 pm. ET of the deadline date. If the review process is unavoidably delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, all applicants will be notified by email as soon as possible, and checks will be mailed soon thereafter.

ALL APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: When crafting your application, please be mindful of the program timeline to ensure that the proposed project correlates with the program funding schedule.

Three step process

Please start by reading the Quality of Life guidelines (PDF). Applications that do not adhere to the guidelines will be rejected without review.

Further, before beginning the application, applicants are urged to carefully review the documents below that were specially created to help you better understand what we look for in the application.

  1. List of Application Questions (PDF)
  2. People-First Language Guide
  3. A Quick Guide to Establishing Evaluation Indicators
  4. Know how the proposals are scored (PDF)

Please download the project budget template, an Excel template that must be completed and uploaded with your online application.

Applicants needing plain-text Word version of proposed project budget, download here (.doc).

Detailed project budget instructions are included in the application guidelines and must be followed. Prior grantees must upload within the online application the final report on their most recent grant from the Reeve Foundation (final report forms can be downloaded here).

Please note that prior grantees must skip three grant cycles before reapplying. For example, 1st Cycle 2014 and earlier grantees are eligible to reapply in the 1st Cycle 2016.

Please click here to access and complete the online application or return to your saved application. The online application may be completed in multiple sessions. The completed project budget template must be uploaded as well before submitting.

Should you have any questions, concerns or technical difficulties, please contact the Reeve Foundation as soon as possible:

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 August 4, 2015.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, 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.