The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation awarded more than $800,000 in Quality of Life grants to 90 nonprofits nationwide in the first grant cycle of 2017, according to a news release.
Recipients in this specific cycle, per the release, included: The Miracle League of North Mankato, Mankato, Minn ($15,314), to help support costs to design the Fallenstein Playground, and to purchase and install the SwayFun Glider; and Ramp Access Made Possible by Students (RAMPS), Richmond, Va ($10,000), to support a nonprofit community service organization in which high school students build modular wheelchair ramps for people living with mobility issues and for the elderly.
Additional recipients included: Destination Rehab, Bend, Ore ($6,250), to help support Adventure Rehab Camp, a 5-day rehab adventure vacation for individuals with paralysis and a family member or caregiver; and Independent Living Center of Kern County, Troy, NY ($13,000), to help support the Repair and Re-Use Project, which cleans and refurbishes donated power wheelchairs and gives them to people with disabilities who lack the resources to obtain one otherwise.
“We are continually looking for new ways for individuals living with paralysis to reintegrate themselves into the community through our grant programs,” says Maggie Goldberg, VP of policy and programs, in the release.
“Whether it is a small grant for a ramp to access a public building, or a larger award to support an accessible community playground or transportation service, each project brings us closer to our ultimate goal of full inclusion and independence,” she adds.
[Source(s): Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, PR Newswire]