Who can apply?

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is piloting a new and exciting grant program for previously awarded Quality of Life grantees whose programs and/or projects have achieved demonstrable, successful impact. The Expanded Effect Quality of Life grants program will award approximately six (6) grants of up to $100,000 each and will support significant expansion of strategies and programs that are evidence-based, show innovate promising practices, and/or best practices in the field they serve to improve quality of life for people with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.

Who Can Apply?

  • Previous grantee organizations that are:
  • In good standing with the Reeve Foundation, defined as having successfully closed out their past grant award* including:
  • Timely submitted a final report indicating program success.
  • Fully expended all grant funds as related to the awarded grant budget.
  • Nonprofit organizations, Municipalities, and Tribal Entities
  • Based in the United States and the previous funded project was based in the U.S.
  • Previous grantee organizations whose projects:
  • Have been implemented successfully.
  • Have achieved demonstrable, successful impact.
  • Are in position to be expanded, replicated on a larger scale, and/or taken to full scale.

What are Expanded Effect Grants?

  • Expanded Effect grants are previously awarded Quality of Life programs and/or projects supported by evidence that demonstrate a statistically, measurable, significant effect or impact on improving the quality of life outcomes for people living with paralysis, their families, and caretakers.
  • Expanded Effect grants are expected to scale programs and/or projects that have prior evidence of effectiveness and positive results, in order to improve outcomes for people living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.
  • Expanded Effect grants extend services and access and the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of people with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.
  • Expanded Effect grants will have sizeable and significant impact.

Prior grantees are encouraged to replicate and implement their programs and/or projects in new and additional settings, including at a larger local or national level.

Prior grantees are also encouraged to request funding for programs and projects that would require the full $100,000 to expand their previously funded grant award.

All projects must be completed within 12 months and all grant funds must be expended within 12 months of receiving the award.

*Please note: The Reeve Foundation is waiving its two-year waiting period for former grantees to apply. All former grantees that fit the criteria as noted above, as well as meet the Eligibility Criteria in the Expanded Effect Quality of Life Grant Application and Program Guidelines, may apply for this grant opportunity.

In addition, former grantees that fit the eligibility criteria that are in the process of applying for a 2019 1st Cycle Direct Effect or High Impact Priority grant and would like to apply for an Expanded Effect grant for a past program and/or project, may do so by first contacting [email protected] and withdrawing your current application.

Current grantees may not apply at this time.

Please see the Expanded Effect Grant Application and Program Guidelines for full details.

The Foundation is no longer able to provide individual pre-award assistance either by telephone or email. However, we welcome you to submit questions about the application process to [email protected] All questions submitted via email will be collected, aggregated, and answered in a Questions and Answers document posted on our website. The deadline for emailed questions is Wednesday, April 3rd.

Program timeline

The Expanded Effect Quality of Life grants program timeline is as follows:

  • Cycle Opens: Monday, March 25
  • Technical Assistance Webinar: Friday, March 29
  • Deadline for emailed questions: Wednesday, April 3
  • Proposals Due: Monday, April 22
  • External Review: April 25 - May 20
  • Internal Review: May 27 - June 7
  • Grants awarded and funded by the end of June
  • Grant period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Quality of Life (QOL) grants are federally funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Cooperative Agreement Number 90PRRC0002-01-01).

Please note that in accordance with our current federal cooperative agreement, the Foundation is no longer able to fund various areas such as Research, Rehabilitative Therapy, and Equipment. Please review the Eligibility Criteria to better understand current funding restrictions.


Webinar: Applying for a 2019 Expanded Effect Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant

Recorded live on Friday, March 29, 2019

Tailored specifically for previously awarded QOL grantees whose programs and/or projects have achieved demonstrable, successful impact seeking a Reeve Foundation Expanded Effect grant to expand the project, replicate it on a larger scale, or take it to full scale. Note: Due to program restrictions we are unable to award grants to for-profit organizations or individuals.*

Presentation includes:
- eligibility requirements
- application
- program timeline

Since the program's inception in 1999, over 3,000 grants have been awarded to nonprofits throughout the United States and beyond, totaling more than $24 million in financial support.

*If you are looking for financial assistance for yourself or another individual, our Paralysis Information Specialist Team will be happy to help find resources that can help. Call toll-free 800-539-7309 or schedule an appointment online.

Download the slides.

Application Questions and Answers on the Expanded Effect Grant Application Process

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.