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Quality of Life Grants Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Local Agencies, and Tribes
for Programs that Serve Individuals Living with Paralysis

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Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and tribal organizations for programs to assist individuals with paralysis, their caregivers, and their families. Funding is intended for services and projects that include transportation, employment, disaster readiness, nursing home transition, respite, and caregiving. The 2019 2nd Cycle Quality of Life grant program will offer Direct Effect and High-Impact Priority grants.

The Direct Effect Quality of Life Grant (Tier 1) is open-focused and will fund specific budget items that clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families. 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; wheelchair accessible picnic table at a county fairground; camp programs; subsidized lessons for therapeutic riding; transportation costs for an inclusive after-school program; and support groups. These grants will have short-to-medium-range impact.

For types of Direct Effect (Tier 1) projects funded, see:

The High-Impact Priority Quality of Life Grant (Tiers 2, 3, and 4) offers three increasing levels of grant funding. High-Impact Priority grants fund high-priority issues for individuals living with paralysis. Grantee organizations will demonstrate capacity to implement the grant without intensive technical assistance and capacity building, as well as capacity for program development, evaluation and sustainability. Each High-Impact Priority Tier is targeted to focus on a High Priority issue for the community of individuals living with paralysis as follows: 

  • Tier 2:  Transportation; Respite/Caregiving; and Disaster Response
  • Tier 3: Nursing Home Transition
  • Tier 4: Employment

For a description of High Impact Priority Tiers, see:

The Reeve Foundation uses a functional definition of paralysis: Difficulty and/or inability to use arms and/or legs due to neurological conditions including (but not limited to) spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, ALS, post-polio syndrome, etc.). While the Foundation will consider supporting programs that include people living with other types of disabilities (cross-disability) as well as inclusive community projects, projects must serve a majority of people with paralysis. Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant projects must serve at least three individuals with paralysis (as defined above) and/or their families and caregivers to be considered for a grant.

Special consideration will be given to proposed projects that serve current military and/or veterans and their families, as well as those projects that target individuals with paralysis in underserved groups of the population, including (but not limited to): persons at risk of incarceration, current or released prisoners; ethnic minorities; homeless; indigenous or tribal communities; LGBTQ; limited English proficiency; rural residents; migrant workers; low-income and/or poverty populations; and newly injured people with paralysis and their caregivers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174047

Number of Grants:

At least 26 Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants (Tier 1); 10 Tier 2 Grants; four Tier 3 Grants; five Tier 4 Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Direct Effect Quality of Life Grant (Tier 1): Up to $25,000

High-Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants:
- Tier 2: $30,000
- Tier 3: $40,000
- Tier 4: $50,000

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must be completed within 12 months after the award is received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Quality of Life grant applications are accepted from nonprofit organizations, municipalities and tribal entities.

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.

Programmatic expenses directly related to serving individuals with paralysis and their families are considered more favorable than operational expenses and/or large capital projects.

For a list of Funding Restrictions, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar: Applying for a 2nd Cycle 2019 Direct Effect & High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grant

Monday, September 16, 2019 3-4PM EST

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The webinar is tailored specifically for nonprofit organizations seeking a 2nd Cycle 2019 Direct Effect & High Impact Priority Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant for a program or project that directly impacts the lives of individuals living with disabilities and their families.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by October 22, 2019.

Questions may be submitted by email prior to the Technical Assistance Webinar, as well as during and after the webinar. All questions will be collected, aggregated, answered and posted in a Questions and Answers document on the website. The deadline for emailed questions is Friday, September 20th.

- Online Application Opens: 9/9/19
- Technical Assistance Webinar: 9/16/19
- Grant Application Submission Deadline: 10/22/19
- Applicants Notified by mid- to late-December 2019
- Projects start January 1, 2020
- Projects close December 31, 2020

Organizations that have previously been awarded a Quality of Life grant in any category may reapply after one year from notification of grant closure by the Reeve Foundation. The 2019 Second Cycle Direct Effect and High Impact Priority grant period will start on January 1, 2020; therefore, prior grantees who have received notification of grant closure for their past award by January 2019 are eligible to apply.

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

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

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