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Quality of Life Grants Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and Hospitals to Help People Living with Paralysis

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Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

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05/01/18 - This deadline is for high impact grants in larger amounts.


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Grants of up to $15,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofits, government agencies, school districts, tribal organizations, community organizations, and hospitals for projects that assist people living with paralysis. A letter of intent is due February 15, 2018. Programs should focus on three key areas: actively achieving, bridging barriers, and caring and coping.

The Reeve Foundation gives special consideration to organizations that serve returning wounded military and their families, and to those that provide targeted services to diverse cultural communities and/or underserved population groups.

Three thematic grant areas: The ABCs of Quality of Life
The Quality of Life Grants Program funds a wide array of programs that are organized in three key thematic areas: Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers, or Caring and Coping (ABC's).

Actively Achieving
These projects provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in activities that engage their bodies and minds. Actively Achieving programs promote interaction with other people in positive community settings, and nurture independence and personal growth. Sports, arts, recreation, education and employment initiatives are all grouped in the Actively Achieving category.

Bridging Barriers
These projects address and offer solutions to barriers for independent living across the disability community.

Barriers may be structurally evident, such as lack of ramps or other means of access in buildings with stairs, or lack of curb cuts on sidewalks.

Other barriers are far less obvious, such as lack of accessible transportation, inability to operate a computer due to limited hand function, failure to receive dental or gynecological care as a result of inaccessible examination equipment, inability of uninsured or under-insured individuals to secure a properly fitted wheelchair, and discrimination in the workplace.

Caring and Coping
Caring and Coping projects provide services that address the complex day-to-day health and personal issues for individuals living with disabilities, their families and caregivers.

Disability often causes a great deal of stress in a family – whether paralysis occurs at birth or if a disability is acquired later in life due to traumatic injury or progressive illness.

Prevention of secondary health conditions, encouraging healthy life choices, and connecting with peers for emotional support are key areas in this category. Injury prevention, disaster preparedness and response for individuals with disabilities, and research are also included.

Caregiver initiatives are of paramount importance, as caregivers are at high risk for burn out and their needs are often overlooked. As an example, we have funded programs that provide care and vital support to family caregivers of service members who were wounded or traumatized on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2018, two types of grants will be offered: Direct Effect (Tier 1) and High Impact (Tiers 2, 3, and 4).

The Direct Effect (Tier 1) is open-focused and will award grants of up to $15,000 to support the wide range of projects and activities of the traditional Quality of Life grants. Grants will fund specific budget items that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families.

High Impact Quality of Life Grant Tiers offer three increasing levels of grant funding. Each tier is targeted to focus on a High Priority issue for the community of individuals living with paralysis and their families, as follows:

Tier 2: Grants of $30,000 for the following Priority Areas:
- Transportation
- Respite/Caregiving
- Disaster Response

Tier 3: Grants of $40,000
- Nursing Home Transition

Tier 4: Grants of $50,000
- Employment

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174047

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Direct Effect (Tier 1) will award grants of up to $15,000.
High Impact Quality of Life Grant Tiers offer three increasing levels of grant funding.
Tier 2: Grants of $30,000
Tier 3: Grants of $40,000
Tier 4: Grants of $50,000

Term of Contract:

Project periods are typically 12 months in duration or less. If the proposed project will not be completed within one year of the award, it is advised that applicant delay applying until such time that the proposed project can be completed within a period of 12 months or less.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are welcome from nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals.

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).

Grant applications may be considered from organizations based outside the United States, but most funding is awarded to organizations based within the United States.

The Reeve Foundation cannot award grants to individuals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applying for a Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grant in 2018

Hosted by Donna Valente, Quality of Life Director

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 3-4PM EST

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.

Note: Due to program restrictions grants will not be awarded to for-profit organizations or individuals.*

Presentation includes:
- eligibility requirements
- new tiered grants structure
- LOI and application
- program timeline
- live Q&A

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants for all grant tiers are required to first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the online application portal. The LOI will be reviewed by Quality of Life program staff, who will review and assess whether or not the proposed project fits in the parameters of the program and if it fits, into which Tier it belongs.

The Letter of Intent is the same for the Direct Effect and High Impact Tiers. However, the full application and review processes differ for both tier types.

Direct Effect LOIs and subsequent full applications will be accepted on an on-going basis, with LOIs accepted until 4/11/18 and full applications accepted until 5/1/18. Grant applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis through May 2018, and grants will be awarded starting in February through May 2018 , with all applicants notified by May 31, 2018 and all grants awarded by June 2018.

High Impact LOIs will be accepted until 2/15/18. Full Applications are accepted until 3/17/18. Full applications will be reviewed from 3/17/18 through May 2018. All applicants will be notified by May 31, 2018, and grants awarded in June 2018.

2018 Quality of Life Grants Program Timeline

- 1/15/18: Online Application opens with Letter of Intent (LOI) as first step for all Tiers

- 2/15/18: LOI deadline for High Impact Tiers

- 3/17/18: Full Application Deadline for High Impact Tiers

- 4/11/18: Final LOI deadline for Direct Effect Tier

- 5/1/18: Final full Application Deadline for Direct Effect Tier

- 5/31/18: Deadline for applicants to receive email notification of status

- June 2018: Remaining Direct Effect Grants and High Impact Grants Awarded

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Quality of Life Grants Program overview:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the January 17 webinar:

Online application portal:

1-800-225-0292 (if outside the U.S. call +1 973-379-2690)

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike
Suite 3A
Short Hills, NJ 07078

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