The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is paralysis focused, and as such, grant funding must be targeted to programs and services that impact individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers. 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. Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant projects must serve at least three individuals with paralysis.
The 2019 1st 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. Grants will fund specific budget items that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families, and the project must be completed within 12 months. 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.
The High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grant Tiers (Tiers 2, 3, & 4) offer 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.
Transportation Grant funds support nonprofit organizations and programs that provide accessible transportation to people living with paralysis to access services in their communities. In addition, funds may support adaptive driving education programs to enable people with paralysis to learn how to drive and increase their independence and transportation options.
Respite/Caregiving This grant area recognizes family caregivers and the vital role they play in caring for those with paralysis. Funds support nonprofits that offer exemplary and innovative respite care services that are evidence-based, appear promising, or are trying new service models. Forms of respite supported through this grant area are:
- Emergency Respite
- Home-Based Services
- Sitter-Companion Services
- Consumer-Directed Respite
- Out-of-Home Respite
- Family Care Homes or Host Family
- Respite Center-based
- Adult Day Healthcare Centers
- Parent/Family Cooperative
Grant funds cannot be used to support respite in the following environments:
- Corporate Foster Home Settings for Children and Teens
- Residential Facilities
- Respitality Model
Disaster Response Grant funds support nonprofit organizations and programs that address the emergency preparedness needs of people with paralysis in a natural disaster environment.
Nursing Home Transition Funds support Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and other organizations that provide transition services across the country to transition people with paralysis living in nursing home back into their homes or a community-based setting of their choice.
Employment Grant funds support programs that provide job development services to people living with paralysis, including education, adaptive technology and job coaching with the goal of finding gainful employment.
NOTE: 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.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program, created by the late Dana Reeve has awarded since its inception in 1997 a total of over $24 million to more than 3,000 projects across the United States of America. Past quality of life grantees can be viewed at: https://www.christopherreeve.org/get-support/grants-for-non-profits/past-quality-of-life-grantees.
Examples of funded projects include: sports wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team; adapted glider in a community playground; a kayak for a rowing program; accessible lockers in a gym; a hydraulic lift at a community pool; electronic door openers for a community center; wheelchair accessible picnic tables at a county fairground; camp scholarships; subsidized lessons for therapeutic horseback riding program; accessible student transportation costs for an inclusive after-school program; and stipends for support group leaders.