Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Quality of Life GrantsDeadline: August 15, 2016
The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. The Quality of Life Grants Program awards financial support to nonprofit organizations that mirror this mission.
Pioneered by the late Dana Reeve, the Quality of Life Grants Program recognizes projects and initiatives that foster community engagement, inclusion and involvement, while promoting health and wellness for individuals living with paralysis and their families. The Quality of Life Grants Program funds a wide array of programs that are organized in three key thematic areas: Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers, or Caring and Coping (ABC’s):
- Actively Achieving: These projects provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in activities that engage their bodies and minds. Actively Achieving programs promote interaction with other people in positive community settings, and nurture independence and personal growth. Sports, arts, recreation, education, and employment initiatives are all grouped in the Actively Achieving category.
- Bridging Barriers: These projects address and offer solutions to barriers for independent living across the disability community. Barriers may be structurally evident, such as lack of ramps or other means of access in buildings with stairs, or lack of curb cuts on sidewalks. Other barriers are far less obvious, such as lack of accessible transportation, inability to operate a computer due to limited hand function, failure to receive dental or gynecological care as a result of inaccessible examination equipment, inability of uninsured or under-insured individuals to secure a properly fitted wheelchair, and discrimination in the workplace.
- Caring and Coping: Caring and Coping projects provide services that address the complex day-to-day health and personal issues for individuals living with disabilities, their families and caregivers. Disability often causes a great deal of stress in a family – whether paralysis occurs at birth or if a disability is acquired later in life due to traumatic injury or progressive illness. Prevention of secondary health conditions, encouraging healthy life choices, and connecting with peers for emotional support are key areas in this category. Injury prevention, disaster preparedness, and response for individuals with disabilities, and research are also included. Caregiver initiatives are of paramount importance, as caregivers are at high risk for burn out and their needs are often overlooked.
Amount: Grants of up to $25,000 each will be made.
Eligibility: 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. The Reeve Foundation aids both larger organizations that serve people with physical disabilities on a national level, as well as local groups which have an immediate and practical impact on individual lives.