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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Tribes, Agencies, and Schools to Serve People Living with Paralysis

Quality of Life (QOL) Grants - Direct Effect and Expanded Impact

GrantWatch ID# 174047
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/08/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, tribes, municipal and state governments, school districts, and other institutions for programs to serve people living with paralysis. Grants are available for a wide range of programs and projects that have a positive impact on people living with paralysis and their families and those that utilize evidence-based, innovative, and best practices.

The Quality of Life Grants Program impacts and empowers people living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers by providing grants to nonprofit organizations whose projects and initiatives foster inclusion, involvement, and community engagement while promoting health and wellness for those affected by paralysis in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

A successful Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant is an award invested into a specific project or part of a program or project that directly impacts the lives of people with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. The impact can be demonstrated through the numbers of people served and other quantitative measures, along with stories and examples of quality of life improvements. Nonprofit Organizations with programs promoting expansion, innovation, best practices, promising practices, and/or evidence-based practices are encouraged to apply. 

Special Consideration – Underserved Populations

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; older adults/elderly; and newly injured people with paralysis and their caregivers.

Grant Types:

  • Direct Effect Grants -  to support a wide range of projects and activities. Grants will fund specific budget items that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families. These grants will have a short- to medium-range impact.
  • Priority Impact Grants -  focus on and support areas identified as being of high importance by the community of people living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.  

For more information about Direct Effect grants, see:

For more information about Priority Impact Grants, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Quality of Life grant applications are accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals.
- An organization must have its own 501(c)(3) tax status (or be a part of or chapter of a national organization that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization).

Under the new five-year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2026) cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Foundation strives to ensure a level playing field and opportunities for the numerous organizations that apply for QOL grants that serve people living with paralysis. Under this initiative, organizations that are awarded a grant during the July 1, 2021- June 30, 2026 period will not be eligible for a second or subsequent award in the same category of grants until after June 30, 2026.

Grantees awarded during this period may apply for funding under a different tier or different category of grants within the same tier. All awarded applicants can re-apply for funding after one year of the close of your grant and notification of grant closure by the Reeve Foundation.

Fiscal Sponsors CANNOT apply on behalf of non-501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

501(c)(4) organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status are ineligible.

For information about funding restrictions, see the following links:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Technical Assistance Webinar: February 1, 2023 at 3 pm EST

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Pre-Application Information
- Cycle Opens: January 25, 2023
- Deadline for emailed questions: February 7, 2023
- Proposals Due: March 8, 2023
- External Review: March 13 - April 6
- Internal Review: April 10 - May 1
- Grants awarded by the end of May
- Grant period begins: June 1, 2023

Program overview:

Grant Review Process:

Budget video:

Funding Restrictions video:

Eligibility video:

Number of Grants
Direct Effect: at least 25 grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Direct Effect (Tier 1): Grants of up to $25,000

Priority Impact:
- Tier 2 -- Grants of up to $30,000
- Tier 3 -- Grants of up to $40,000
- Tier 4 -- Grants of up to $50,000

Term of Contract
- All Direct Effect grants must be completed within 12 months.
- Priority Impact Tier 2 grants must be completed within 12 months.
- Priority Impact Tier 3 grants must be completed within 18 months.
- Priority Impact Tier 4 grants must be completed within 24 months.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, email:

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

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