Monday, September 10, 2007

Quality of Life Grants for Non Profits Working with the Spinal Cord Injured, Their Loved Ones, and Care Givers

From The Foundation Center...

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Extend Deadline for Quality of Life Grants

Program Deadline: October 1, 2007

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation ( ) Quality of Life Grants Program offers grants to nonprofit organizations that address the needs of persons living with paralysis (particularly spinal cord injury), their families, and caregivers.

Funding is awarded in thirteen categories: accessibility, advocacy, arts, assistive technology, children, counseling, education, employment, independent living, practical services, sports and recreation, therapeutic riding, and health promotion. Except for the health promotion category, the primary focus of the Quality of Life grants is paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. To qualify for funding, a nonprofit organization does not have to exclusively serve people with spinal cord injuries; however, at least a portion of the population served must have spinal cord injuries. The health promotion category provides funding to nonprofit organizations that address paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries and/or other injuries, diseases, and birth conditions, including (but not limited to) stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, etc. Health promotion grants are intended for programmatic activities and not solely for the purchase of equipment for use by individuals. Health promotion grants also cannot fund advocacy, food, and cannot be allocated for direct care services for individuals.

Applicants must provide proof of their nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. Applications are accepted from organizations based outside of the United States, although priority is given to those with an inter- national scope (i.e., projects that serve people living in more than one country). Grants are not made to individuals. Individuals seeking information on resources or financial assistance should contact the Paralysis Resource Center ( ), a program of CDRF. Funding is awarded in amounts of up to $25,000 per grant. As a general rule, grants are not awarded for operating costs nor are they awarded to start-up organizations.

Applications deadlines are normally March 1 and September 1, annually. For the second cycle in 2007, however, the foundation has announced a deadline of October 1. Visit the foundation's Web site for complete program guidelines.

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