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Na­tional Paral­y­sis Re­source Cen­ter fund­ing to ad­dress iso­la­tion dur­ing pandemic

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ACL’s Na­tional Paral­y­sis Re­source Cen­ter ( man­aged by the Christo­pher & Dana Reeve Foun­da­tion) is an­nounc­ing a new fund­ing op­por­tu­nity for or­ga­ni­za­tions and agen­cies that serve peo­ple liv­ing with any type of paral­y­sis. A spe­cial $ 300,000 Qual­ity of Life ( QOL) grant pro­gram was just cre­ated to ad­dress so­cial iso­la­tion dur­ing the COVID- 19 pandemic. As we all con­tinue to prac­tice the COVID- 19 safety guide­lines, we must re­mem­ber so­cial dis­tanc­ing be­comes harm­ful when it turns into so­cial iso­la­tion. The goal of this op­por­tu­nity is to en­hance con­nect­ed­ness of peo­ple liv­ing with paral­y­sis and their care­givers to their com­mu­ni­ties in com­bat­ing so­cial iso­la­tion.

They seek to sup­port pro­grams and projects to:

• Con­nect iso­lated in­di­vid­u­als and foster en­gage­ment and con­nec­tion ( ex­am­ples may be vir­tual sup­port groups, on­line ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port stress man­age­ment, on­line adap­tive phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and health pro­mo­tion pro­grams, art ses­sions, gam­ing, and more);

• Adapt ser­vices or cre­ate new ser­vices to sup­port fam­ily care­givers;

• Fa­cil­i­tate con­nec­tion through the use of tech­nol­ogy ( such as in­creas­ing In­ter­net ac­cess, tech­nol­ogy loan clos­ets, and more);

• Pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for on­line vol­un­teer­ing;

• Strengthen or build so­cial net­works; and

• Pro­vide ac­cess to tools and re­sources to help peo­ple re­main con­nected and en­gaged.

Qual­ity of Life ( QOL) grants are fed­er­ally funded through a co­op­er­a­tive agree­ment with the U. S. Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing ( ACL). Or­ga­ni­za­tions that have pre­vi­ously been awarded a Qual­ity of Life grant in any cat­e­gory may re- ap­ply for fund­ing one year fol­low­ing the close of their grant and no­ti­fi­ca­tion of grant clo­sure by the Reeve Foun­da­tion.

Sub­mit Let­ters of In­tent to QOL@ Christo­pherReeve. org with the sub­ject line “LOI: COVID- 19 Grants.” Se­lected or­ga­ni­za­tions will be in­vited to sub­mit a full ap­pli­ca­tion.

The Na­tional Paral­y­sis Re­source Cen­ter an­tic­i­pates award­ing six to 10 grants within the range of $ 25,000 — $ 50,000. Let­ters of In­tent are due Oc­to­ber 13 and full ap­pli­ca­tions are due Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

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