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Ability360 Receives $40,000 Quality Of Life Grant From Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Ability360 has been awarded $40,000 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants and Direct Effect grants cycles.
The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, 3,153 grants totaling over $26 million have been awarded. Funding for these new cycles of grants were made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living.
Ability360 will use the grant to assist four individuals with spinal cord injuries move out of area nursing homes and back into the community. The grant will provide funding to assist with moving expenses, deposits and the purchase of household items as well as annual memberships, fitness orientations, health assessments, personal training and transportation to the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center.
The Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center has a number of grant programs under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas of different amounts. The High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants fund projects in the following areas: Transportation, Respite/Caregiving, and Disaster Response, Nursing Home Transition, and Employment, while the Direct Effect Grants support a wide range of short-to mid-term projects and activities that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families.
“There are several components that go into these projects,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program. “If we can provide programmatic and other financial supports, even in the short term with the Direct Effect grants, these organizations can now focus on executing their mission, leading to greater success, expansion, and sustainability.”
The Reeve Foundation funded a wide variety of projects from employment programs to accessible playground projects and adaptive sports programs.
“On behalf of the individuals who will be assisted by this grant, we are deeply grateful,” said Ability360 President and CEO Phil Pangrazio. “This important funding enables us to fulfill our mission to empower people with all disabilities to achieve or continue independent lifestyles.”