Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation offering grants for paralysis work

Penn State College of Medicine investigators may be eligible for funding from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life grants program for work focusing on improving life for people living with paralysis and their families.

The foundation is offering a tiered grants strategy in 2019, awarding “Direct Effect” grants up to $25,000.

In addition, the foundation has created “High Impact” tiers with higher maximum award amounts that focus on targeted high-priority issues for people living with paralysis and their families. This enables the foundation to continue to support valuable projects and services in communities throughout the United States, as well as to highlight, fund and publicize high priority issues and successful solutions.

Examples of funded projects include: sports wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team; adapted glider in a community playground; kayak for a rowing program; accessible gym equipment; hydraulic lift at a pool; electronic door openers at a community center; wheelchair-accessible picnic table at a county fairground; camp programs; subsidized lessons for therapeutic riding; transportation costs for an inclusive after-school program; and support groups.

The High Impact Priority Quality of Life grant tiers (Tiers 2, 3 and 4) offer three increasing levels of grant funding.

Tier 2 will award 10 grants of $30,000 for the following priority areas:

  • Transportation
  • Respite/caregiving
  • Disaster preparedness

Tier 3 will award four grants of $40,000 for projects involving nursing home transition.

Tier 4 will award five grants of $50,000 for projects related to employment.
Funder application deadline for the Direct Effect and High Impact Quality of Life awards is Oct. 22, 2019.

Learn more about the awards here.

Investigators who plan to apply for this funding opportunity must contact Jessica Kiely, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, at or 717-531-8497.

Note that all proposals must be submitted through the Office of Research Affairs and adhere to review/submission timelines.

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