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Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Paralysis Quality-of-Life Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: March 8, 2024
Category: Spinal Cord Injury,
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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.

The foundation invites applications for its Quality-of-Life grants program, which aims to impact and empower people living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers by providing grants to nonprofit organizations whose projects and initiatives foster inclusion, involvement, and community engagement, while promoting health and wellness for those affected by paralysis in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

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).

At the March 8, 2024, deadline, grant applications will be accepted in the following categories:

Direct Effect: Grants from $5,000 to $24,999 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for many projects that impact individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Examples of funded projects may include (but are not limited to): sports wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team, adapted glider in a community playground, kayak for a rowing program, accessible gym equipment, hydraulic lift at a pool, electronic door openers at a community center, workshop education series on sex and sexuality with a spinal cord injury, wheelchair accessible picnic table at a county fairground, program for preventing abuse in adaptive sports, camp programs, subsidized lessons for therapeutic riding, transportation costs for an inclusive afterschool program, and support groups.

Expanded Impact: This grants program is designed for previously awarded Quality of Life grantees whose programs and/or projects have achieved demonstrable, successful impact. Approximately four grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded for a 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.

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals.

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