Quality of Life Grants Program

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Relevent Country: United States of America

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is seeking applications for its Quality of Life Grant Program to foster community engagement, improved access, and independent living.

The Quality of Life Grants Program, pioneered by the late Dana Reeve, 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.


The QOL grants program consists of Direct Effect, Priority Impact, and Expanded Impact grants.

  • Direct Effect (Tier 1) is open-focused and awards grants of up to $25,000 to support a wide range of projects and activities. Grants fund programs and projects that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families (see full program details).
  • Direct Effect grants are offered twice yearly, in the 1st (Spring) and 2nd (Fall) grant cycles.
  • Priority Impact (Tiers 2-4) offers three increasing levels of grant funding. Each tier is targeted to focus on a Priority issue for the community of individuals living with paralysis and their families, as follows (please refer to the full program details for more in-depth information and descriptions):
  • Tier 2 — Grants of up to $30,000 for the following Priority areas:
  • Respite/Caregiving
  • Assistive Technology
  • COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation
  • Tier 3 — Grants of up to $40,000
  • Nursing Home Transition
  • Racial Equity
  • Rural Underserved and Unserved Populations
  • Tier 4 — Grants of up to $50,000
  • Employment
  • Priority Impact grants are currently being offered once per year, in the 2nd grant cycle (Fall).
  • Expanded Impact (Tier 5) A grant program developed 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 four (4) 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 (see full program details).
  • Expanded Impact grants are currently being offered once per year, in the 1st grant cycle (Spring).

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Reeve Foundation aids local grassroots nonprofit organizations that have an immediate and practical impact on individual lives, as well as established nonprofit agencies, municipalities, schools, parks and recreation departments, tribal entities, and large national nonprofit organizations within the United States of America.
  • Grants are awarded to organizations that address the needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including (but not limited to) stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
  • 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).
  • 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.

Source: https://www.christopherreeve.org/get-support/grants-for-non-profits