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

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

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Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

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10/14/21 11:59 PM Eastern


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, tribes, municipal and state governments, school districts, and other institutions for programs and projects to serve people living with paralysis. Funding is intended for a wide variety of services that benefit individuals with paralysis, their caregivers, and their families as well as to address social isolation during the COVID-19 health crisis. Nonprofits with programs promoting expansion, innovation, best practices, promising practices, and/or evidence-based practices are encouraged to apply. Projects must serve at least three individuals with paralysis and/or their families and caregivers to be considered for a grant.

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).

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

  • Direct Effect (Tier 1) is open-focused and supports 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).
  • 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 Priority areas: Respite/Caregiving; Assistive Technology; COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation
    • Tier 3: Nursing Home Transition; Racial Equity (program under development - offered beginning in September 2022); Rural Underserved and Unserved Populations (program under development - offered beginning in September 2022)
    • Tier 4: Employment
  • 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 support significant expansion of strategies and programs that are evidence-based, show innovative 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).

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.

More information about Direct Effect Grants:

More information about Priority Impact Grants:

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174047

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Direct Effect (Tier 1) grants up to $25,000
- Priority Impact grants (Tiers 2, 3 & 4) have higher maximum award amounts.

Term of Contract:

- Direct Effect: Funded projects must be completed within 12 months after the award is received.
- Tier 2: Grants must be completed within 12 months
- Tier 3: Grants must be completed within 18 months
- Tier 4: Grants must be completed within 24 months

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).
- 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.

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.

For a list of Funding Restrictions, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applying for the 2021 2nd Cycle Direct Effect and Priority Impact Quality of Life Grants Program

Time: Sep 14, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: This webinar will provide program guidelines for both the Direct Effect and Priority Impact grants and offer technical assistance guidance on accessing the online grants portal and submitting applications. A live question and answer period will also be offered.

This event is free for everyone to attend. Live captioning will be available.

This webinar will be recorded and sent out via email to all registrants, as well as available on the Reeve Foundation YouTube channel.

If you have any questions ahead of time, please use the "Questions & Comments" box located on the registration screen or via email.

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Pre-Application Information:

Fall 2021 – Quality of Life Grants – Direct Effect (Tier 1) and Priority Impact (Tiers 2-4)

2021 2nd Cycle Quality of Life Grants Program Calendar
- Cycle Opens: September 2, 2021
- Technical Assistance Webinar: September 14, 2021 (register here)
- Deadline for emailed questions: September 22, 2021
- Proposals Due: October 14, 2021
- External Review: October 18 – November 4
- Internal Review: November 8 - December 6
- Grants awarded by the end of December
- Grant period begins January 1, 2022

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

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