Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program
The Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis.
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 caused by spinal cord injuries. She started the Quality of Life grants program to recognize and support organizations that recognize and support organizations that help disabled individuals, their families and caregivers in ways that more immediately give them increased independence, day-to-day happiness, and improved access.
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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #1U59DD000338-1).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 sclerosis (ALS).
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.
Since 1999, the Reeve Foundation has provide 2,055 grants totalling over $15.7 million to organizations worldwide that help improve opportunities, access and quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and their communities. This program recognizes the unique and numerous needs of these individuals and the importance of providing services and programs that enable them to participate in all areas of life.
Who Should Apply?
The Reeve Foundation supports, through Quality of Life grants, nonprofit organizations that serve individuals with physical disabilities, particularly paralysis, and their families. The Foundation aids larger organizations in representing and protecting the individuals with physical disabilities on a national level as well as local groups in having an immediate and practical impact on individual lives.
Quality of Life grants are most often awarded to nonprofit organizations that have IRS 501(c)(3) status, but may also be awarded to community parks, schools, veterans hospitals, tribal entities, etc. Most Quality of Life grants are awarded within the United States of America, although the Reeve Foundation does award a small number of grants to nonprofit organizations based outside the United States.
2013 Program Timeline
• 1st Cycle online application submission period opens January 2, 2013
• 1st Cycle application submission deadline: March 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm
• Decisions announced (and checks shipped) early June 2013
• 2nd Cycle online application submission period opens July 1, 2013
• 2nd Cycle application sumbission deadline September 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm
• Decisions announced (and checks shipped) early January 2014.
ALL APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: When crafting your application, please be mindful of the 2013 Program Timeline above to ensure that the proposed project correlates with the program funding schedule.
Should you have any questions, concerns or technical difficulties with the online application, please contact the Quality of Life department as soon as possible at QoL@ChristopherReeve.org, dvalente@ChristopherReeve.org, rsultzbaugh@ChristopherReeve.org or pmehta@ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.