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Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Announces Additional Quality Of Life Grants

4 Sep 11:00
U.S. Newswire
To: National Desk
Contact: Maggie Friedman of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, 973-379-2690 or e-mail:

SPRINGFIELD, NJ, Sept. 4 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) today announced that it is accepting additional applications for the second cycle of the 2001 Quality of Life grants. The grants, awarded twice yearly, provide funding to organizations nationwide that help improve opportunities, access and day-to-day quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and their families.

CRPF recently created a new initiative focused on health promotion activities as part of the grants program. Health promotion programs strive to remove societal and environmental barriers that limit an individual's ability to participate in life activities. Participation in these activities improves physical and emotional health and prevents secondary conditions for persons living with paralysis.

Applicants should address health promotion interventions for individuals living with paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). CRPF will also accept applications for health promotion interventions that focus on a particular sub-population such as women, seniors, children and adolescents with paralysis or mobility-related disabilities, or programs that address the physical and emotional health needs of caregivers of people living with these types of disabilities.

"Maintaining good nutrition, participating in physical activity, and reducing stress are all critical components of living with paralysis," said Mitchell R. Stoller, President and CEO of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. He added, "Our goal is to provide much-needed funding to organizations that teach people living with spinal cord injuries and other paralysis-related disorders how to address their health care needs."

In addition to the new Health Promotion category of the CRPF Quality of Life grants, other fields of interest include Accessibility, Advocacy, Arts, Assistive Technology, Children, Counseling, Education, Employment, Independent Living, Practical Service, Sports and Recreation, and Therapeutic Riding.

The Quality of Life awards fulfill a variety of needs for the recipient organizations by providing grants of $5,000 to $25,000. Previous funding has been awarded for such needs as dormitory hospital beds for an assistance dog training center, scholarships to adaptive sports and outdoor programs, support groups, advocacy campaigns, websites that promote self esteem for children who use wheelchairs, and outreach programs. The program strives to ensure diversity among recipient organizations.

"These grants have an immediate and positive impact upon an organization's ability to deliver tremendous services to their communities," remarked Dana Reeve, CRPF Director and Chair of the Quality of Life Grants Committee. Reeve added, "CRPF is assisting these organizations in providing people living with disabilities with the kind of daily comforts and opportunities that most of us take for granted."

Deadlines for the new Quality of Life Health Promotion proposals are October 15, 2001 and April 1, 2002. All other existing Quality of Life grant proposals are due October 1, 2001. Applications and all supporting materials must be received in the CRPF offices on or before the deadline date; no extensions will be granted. Grants are only awarded to organizations that have received tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. No grants will be made to individuals.

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization, supports research to develop effective treatments and a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. Until those treatments and cures are found, CRPF's Quality of Life Program is committed to supporting organizations and programs that seek to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

To view the guidelines and application, please visit or call 800-225-0292.

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