QL PLUS PROGRAM RECEIVES $24,500 QUALITY OF LIFE GRANT FROM THE CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION FOR “LINKING AMERICA’S BRAVEST WITH AMERICA’S BRIGHTEST”
McLean, VA (February 13, 2023) – The QL Plus Program (QL+) is proud to announce that it has received a $24,500 grant award as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) 2022 Priority Impact Quality of Life grants. Thirty-four grants, totaling $1,029,908, were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, more than 3,600 grants totaling over $37 million have been awarded. Funding for this program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0006-02-00).
The Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center has several grants under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in amounts. The Priority Impact Quality of Life grants program funds one-to-two-year grants with three increasing levels of grant funding: Respite and Caregiving, Assistive Technology and COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation (Up to $30,000), Nursing Home Transition, Racial Equity, and Rural Unserved & Underserved Populations (Up to $40,000), and Employment (Up to $50,000). Each tier is targeted to focus on a high-priority issue to increase access to services and increase the independence or inclusion of people living with paralysis, their family members, and caregivers.
“We recently launched two new grants programs – one focused on Racial Equity and the other on serving Rural Unserved & Underserved Populations,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program, Reeve Foundation. “We were blown away by the response to these two new areas of funding and are incredibly proud to be the only organization in the United States awarding grants to address these issues and improve outcomes for people living with paralysis in all marginalized racial groups, and communities that are diverse and/or historically underserved.”
QL+ will use its grant award to support 16 teams of college engineering students at 11 leading universities who are designing and building assistive devices for veterans and first responders who live with paralysis. “We are thrilled that the Reeve Foundation selected QL+ to help us advance our mission of improving the lives of those individuals who live with paralysis,” said Mark Robbins, the QL+ Executive Director. “We have America’s Brightest helping America’s Bravest. We cannot thank the Reeve Foundation enough for supporting our efforts.
About the Reeve Foundation: The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we are working tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery across the field of spinal cord research by investing in labs across the globe. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation’s National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services assisting over 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s voices and needs to achieve greater representation and independence. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.
QL+ Mission: Challenging university STEM students to create innovative technology solutions that improve the quality of life for injured veterans and first responders. www.QLPlus.org, 703-304-7676
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