Mission/Giving Statement: The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Quality of Life Grants
Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:
Quality of Life Grants: conceived by the late Dana Reeve, are awarded to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people with paralysis, with some emphasis on but not limited to paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries. She started the Quality of Life grants program to recognize and support organizations that help disabled individuals, their families and caregivers in ways that increase independence, day-to-day happiness, and access.
Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: Funding is awarded twice yearly to nonprofit organizations that provide critical life-enhancing and life-changing programs and services that improve physical and emotional health. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting opportunities; and more to individuals living with paralysis and their communities. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (AC) Award No. 90PR3001-01-00. These grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that address that needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases and birth conditions, including (but not limited to) stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral scleroses (ALS).
Application Instructions: There are two opportunities per year to apply for a Quality of Life grant. Applications are submitted online and reviewed in two periods, called Cycles, as listed below. 1st Cycle online application submission period opens early January 1st Cycle application submission deadline: February 15, 11:59 pm ET 1st Cycle decisions announced (and checks mailed) in June 2nd Cycle online application submission period opens July 1 2nd Cycle application submission deadline: August 15, 11:59 pm ET Decisions announced (and checks shipped) January the following year.