Funding Opportunities

 from the private sector


September 18, 2020

Special Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center Quality of Life Grants Program

Addressing Social Isolation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL), are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for a special $300,000 grants program.  Download flyer

The aim of the Reeve Foundation’s new Quality of Life (QOL) grants program is to address social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of enhancing connectedness of people living with paralysis and their caregivers to their communities and preventing adverse health outcomes.

Though we are looking to the field for innovative ways to address the program’s aim and goals, funds may support programs and projects to:

• Connect isolated individuals and remotely foster engagement and connection through

  • Virtual support groups

  • Online activities to help support self-care and stress management

  • Virtual and online adaptive physical activity and health promotion programs

  • Art sessions

  • Gaming

• Adapt services or create new services to continue to support and engage family caregivers

• Facilitate connection through the use of technology, including

  • Increasing access to internet, broadband service, and tablets (via loan closets)

• Provide programs with online opportunities for volunteering (Volunteering has been shown to have many positive health benefits)

• Create strategies to strengthen and/or build social networks

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

It is expected that between six to ten grants will be awarded within the range of $25,000-$50,000.


Nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals may apply. 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 are not allowed to apply on behalf of non-501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Application Process

Nonprofit organizations are asked to prepare a one or two page Letter of Intent that includes brief descriptions of:

1) The organization (you must include your organization’s EIN/Tax ID#)

2) The proposed project (indicating a proposed outreach plan to people living with paralysis or their caregivers), and

3) Amount requested (a full line-item budget is not required at this time, but please be sure to include brief descriptions regarding what the funds would be used towards). Be sure to review the Foundation’s Funding Restrictions.

Submit Letters of Intent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “LOI: COVID-19 Grants.”

Selected organizations will be invited to submit a full application.

Program Timeline

• Letters of Intent (3-week open period begins September 22nd) due October 13, 2020

• Invitations to submit full applications will be made by October 30, 2020

• Applications due by November 20, 2020

• Awards announced by December 31, 2020

• Projects begin January 1, 2021

• Projects end December 31, 2021

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.

The Foundation is no longer able to provide individual pre-award assistance either by telephone or email. However, we welcome you to submit questions about the application process to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants are federally funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL) (Cooperative Agreement Number 90PRRC0002-03-00).


Ongoing opportunities

Retirement Research Foundation

Retirement Research Foundation’s Responsive Grants program supports projects that have a significant focus on older adults, ages 65 and over, in the following areas:

Advocacy: Achieve enduring social change around issues that affect older Americans

Direct Service: Improve availability and quality of community-based and residential long-term services and supports

Professional Education and Training: Increase the competency of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults

Research: Seek causes and solutions to significant problems for older adults

Applications for Responsive Grants are considered three times per year. The deadlines for the submission of applications are February 1, May 1, and August 1.

For more information, visit

Evidence For Action - Ongoing Opportunity 

Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project, Evidence for Action accepts Letters of Intent on a rolling basis to support rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings regarding the population health, well-being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and partnerships. ARCH has been in discussion with them about respite research in relation to the work of the Expert Panel on Respite Research and they are very willing to entertain research proposals that follow the Expert Panel’s Research framework. For more information, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., author of the report and ARCH facilitator of the Expert Panel.

The application process and requirements can be found at . Letters of Intent that are viewed favorably will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal and awards are for 36 months. Preference is given to applicants that are public entities, institutes of higher education, or nonprofit organizations based in the U.S. or its territories. 501(c)(3) organizations as well as other types of non-profit and for-profit organizations are welcome to apply.