Christopher And Dana Reeve Foundation


: Disabilities


The Foundation’s Quality of Life grant program, established by the late actor, Christopher Reeve and his late wife, Dana, seeks to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis. The grants are awarded to programs and projects that improve the daily lives of people living with paralysis. Some emphasis is placed on programs that address those individuals whose paralysis is caused by spinal cord injuries. Funding is awarded to programs in three categories called the ABCs of Quality of Life: Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers, and Caring and Coping. Actively Achieving projects enable people with paralysis to get out and live. Bridging Barriers projects help people with paralysis to overcome obstacles to full participation in society. Caring and Coping programs help take care of both the individual with paralysis and the people that care for them. Some grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These grants are awarded to nonprofits that address the 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 amyotropic lateral sclerosis. The Foundation gives special consideration to organizations that serve returning wounded military and their families as well as to those that provide targeted services to diverse cultural communities. Grants are awarded in two cycles per year. Application deadlines are usually March 1 and September 1. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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