Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants Program

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s
Last date: 
Thursday, October 22, 2020
United States

Detailed Description

The Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations that impact and empower people living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.

The Quality of Life Grants Program, created by the late Dana Reeve, strives to empower individuals with disabilities and their families by providing grants to nonprofit organizations that improve quality of life through inclusion, access, independence, opportunities for community engagement, and other life-enhancing endeavors.


  • Direct Effect Quality of Life (Tier 1) is open-focused and awards grants of up to $25,000 to support the wide range of projects and activities of the traditional Quality of Life grants. Grants fund specific budget items that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families.

High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grant Tiers offer three increasing levels of grant funding. Each tier is targeted to focus on a High Priority issue for the community of individuals living with paralysis and their families, as follows:

Tier 2: Grants of $30,000 for the following Priority Areas:

  • Transportation
  • Respite/Caregiving
  • Disaster Preparedness

Tier 3: Grants of $40,000

  • Nursing Home Transition

Tier 4: Grants of $50,000

  • Employment
  • Expanded Impact Quality of Life (Tier 5). In 2019, they began piloting a new grant program for previously awarded Quality of Life grantees whose programs and/or projects have achieved demonstrable, successful impact. The Expanded Impact Quality of Life grants program will award approximately six (6) grants of up to $100,000 each and will support significant expansion of strategies and programs that are evidence-based, show innovate promising practices, and/or best practices in the field they serve to improve quality of life for people with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Foundation welcomes applications from both larger organizations supporting individuals with physical disabilities on a national level, as well as local groups having an immediate and practical impact on individual lives.
  • Applications are welcome from nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities and other institutions such as community or hospitals that serve veterans.


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