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Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Education Foundation Grant

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Education Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #176906

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations, institutions, and associations for projects to benefit and serve individuals affected by spinal cord diseases and injuries, including veterans. Funding is intended for projects that have the potential to provide broad-based educational opportunities. Potential replication of proposals and effective dissemination plans are key elements of funded projects.

The Education Foundation is focused on funding educational projects that benefit and serve individuals with SCI/D, their families and caregivers. These projects should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D health care professionals and to prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D. 

The Education Foundation provides funding in five types of projects:

  • Consumer, Caregiver, and Community Education: Demonstration projects that seek to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of individuals with SCI/D.
  • Professional Development and Education: Programs that improve the knowledge and competencies of professionals providing health care and related services to the SCI/D community.
  • Research Utilization and Dissemination: Projects that translate findings into practice
  • Assistive technology: Demonstration projects that improve the identification, selection, and use of assistive devices by people with SCI/D. 
  • Conferences and Symposia: Meetings that provide education and collaboration opportunities for members of the SCI/D community

Each grant project and conference must include at least one person living with a SCI/D, MS or ALS in the development, implementation and evaluation of the project. This individual, who should be described as the SCI/D Advocate, will provide insights and support in assuring that the project has a positive impact on the target audience. For conference grant applications, this person should be identified as part of the planning committee. For project grants, this person should be included in the narrative under key personnel. 

Allowable Costs can be found at

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from fiscally responsible organizational entities in the name of the Project Director (applicant). Eligible entities are not-for-profit academic institutions, health-care institutions, associations, and/or organizations in the United States or Canada.

The Project Director must be an employee of the eligible application entity, with at least a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in SCI, MS, or ALS, commensurate with project goals and objectives.

Applicant Citizenship: While grantee institutions must be located in the U.S. or Canada, the applicant and key staff are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens. Foreign nationals may apply for grant funding. If this individual will serve as Project Director, Principal Investigator, or a Significant Project Staff Member (>20% FTE), he or she must include verification of a current United States or Canadian Visa in the application.

A PVA funded organization (or PVA funded Project Director) may not submit a new application if they hold a PVA Education Foundation grant at the time of application.

PVA Education Foundation does not make grants to for-profit companies.

Unallowable Costs:
- Laptops, computers, office equipment, and furniture.
- Dues and memberships in professional societies or associations.
- Registration or tuition fees for a professional meeting/conference for someone other than the PD or for a meeting not related to the funded project.
- Cost of patient care or services not directly related to the project.
- Construction, alteration, maintenance, or rental of buildings or building space.
- Tuition remission or reimbursement for any project personnel.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting applications is December 2nd, 2022, no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, without exception.

The PVA Education Foundation has one grant cycle per fiscal year. The timeline for the 2023 grant cycle is:
- September 1, 2022: Application submission open
- December 2, 2022: Application submission deadline
- April 28, 2023: Award recipients notified by email
- June 1, 2023: Grant projects begin

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to start their submissions in the system by October 1, 2022, indicating a title, keywords, abstract, category, and person record for the applicant. This information will be used to develop the review panel in a timely manner.

Applicants should submit full applications early. All applications must be signed and approved by an Institutional Official, who has the authority to approve grants and expenditures. The applicant will need to create person records for the Institutional Official (IO) and then invite them through the system. When the application is submitted, the system will then email the IO directly with instructions to approve the application. Applicants are advised to inform their Institutional Official to expect the notification and be available to approve the application via Upon submission, a notification email will go directly to the Institutional Official for their approval. The Project Director may NOT sign as the Institutional Officer. Applications are not fully submitted until institutional approval is granted.

Please do not call Foundation staff to find out the status of a proposal unless written notification has not been received by May 5th, 2023.

A Project Director may submit one application per grant cycle.

10% of the total award is retained by the Foundation until a grantee successfully completes all requirements and final reports are received and reviewed. There is not a retainer for conference and symposium grants.
For payment schedule, see:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum PVA Education Foundation project grant is $50,000. The maximum conference or symposium grant is $15,000. The minimum PVA Education Foundation project, conference or symposium grant is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants awarded by May 1, 2023, will be funded for a one-year grant period beginning June 1, 2023. If you require a grant start date after June 1, please state this in your application or on the Grant Acknowledgement Form. A written justification for the delay is required. Grants may start no later than August 1, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

For technical assistance with the online application submission process, contact Customer Service at

Grant application, administration, policy and program questions should be directed to:
Lindsay Perlman, MPH, Associate Director, Research & Education
Phone: 202-416-7611

Cheryl Vines, M.S., Director of Research and Education
Phone: 805.439.2804 or 202.416.7668

Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-416-7611

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