Quality of Life Grants Program: Direct Effect Tier

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

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Next predicted deadline: Mar 16, 2022

Later predicted deadlines: Oct 14, 2022

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Spinal Cord Injuries Physical Disabilities Cerebral Palsy Multiple Sclerosis

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Capital Project

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


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Overview:

  • NOTE: Direct Effect Quality of Life grants are offered twice yearly, in the 1st and 2nd grant cycles.
  • See separate grant page for High Impact Priority Quality of Life grants. High Impact Priority Quality of Life grants are offered once per year, in the 1st grant cycle. 
  • See separate grant page for Expanded Effect Tier Quality of Life grants which are currently being offered once per year, in the 2nd grant cycle.

We fund a wide array of programs that are organized in three key areas: Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers and Caring and Coping. We strongly encourage requests to support the launch of new initiatives or the expansion of existing projects that serve individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

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). We also support initiatives that are focused on caregiving and improving the quality of life of family members who are caring for a loved one living with disability.

Program overview

As a pillar of the Paralysis Resource Center, the Quality of Life Grants Program, pioneered by the late Dana Reeve, impacts and empowers 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.

The Quality of Life Grants Program has funded 3,200 non-profit programs, awarding over $30 million to organizations nationwide that provide services to foster community engagement, improved access, and independent living.

Grants have been awarded in all fifty states, a number of U.S. territories and though we no longer fund projects outside of the United States of America, grants have previously been awarded in 33 countries outside the U.S.

Grant Details

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).

In 2018, we piloted a tiered approach to the structure of the Quality of Life grants program to better reflect and respond to the priority needs of the community of people living with paralysis and their families.

Direct Effect Quality of Life (Tier 1)

The Direct Effect Quality of Life (Tier 1) is open-focused and awards grants of up to $25,000 to support the wide range of projects and activities of the traditional Quality of Life grants. Grants fund specific budget items that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families.

Funded projects in all grant tiers are expected to be completed in 12 months. If this is not possible, the applicant is encouraged to delay submitting a request until such time as the proposed project may be completed in 12 months.

Requests to support the launch of new initiatives or the expansion of existing projects are encouraged. However, grant recipients should not rely on the Reeve Foundation for continued funding of their programs or projects.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • 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.
  • Who should apply?
    • The Reeve Foundation aids local grassroots nonprofit organizations that have an immediate and practical impact on individual lives, as well as established nonprofit agencies, municipalities, schools, parks and recreation departments, tribal entities, and large national nonprofit organizations within the United States of America.

Preferences:

  • 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.

Ineligibility:

  • The Reeve Foundation cannot award grants to individuals.
  • Requests from organizations not based in the USA are not eligible, and projects outside of the USA, even if the applicant organization is based in the USA, cannot be funded.

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This page was last reviewed September 22, 2021 and last updated September 22, 2021