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National Paralysis Resource Center funding to address isolation during pandemic
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.