The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis.
Through its Quality of Life program, the foundation will award grants to organizations that help disabled individuals, their families, and caregivers in ways that more immediately boost their independence.
The program supports a wide range of activities organized into three key thematic areas: Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers, or Caring and Coping (ABCs).
1) Actively Achieving: This category supports programs that provide individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in activities that engage their bodies and minds. Actively Achieving programs promote interaction with other people in positive community settings and nurture independence and personal growth. Sports, arts, recreation, education, and employment initiatives are all grouped into this category.
2) Bridging Barriers: This category supports projects that address and offer solutions to barriers for independent living across the disability community. Barriers may be structurally evident, such as lack of ramps or other means of access in buildings with stairs, or lack of curb cuts on sidewalks. Other barriers are far less obvious, such as lack of accessible transportation, inability to operate a computer due to limited hand function, failure to receive dental or gynecological care as a result of inaccessible examination equipment, inability of uninsured or underinsured individuals to secure a properly fitted wheelchair, and discrimination in the workplace.
3) Caring and Coping: Caring and Coping projects provide services that address the complex day-to-day health and personal issues for individuals living with disabilities, their families, and caregivers.
To be eligible, nonprofit organizations must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and serve individuals with physical disabilities, particularly paralysis, and their families.
The foundation will begin accepting applications on July 14. Completed applications must be received no later than August 31, 2017.
See the Reeve Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.