Administration for Community Living -- National Paralysis Resource Center

Funding Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services

The Independent Living Administration (ILA), a component of the Administration on Disabilities within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funds authorized under Section 301 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 241, 247b(k)(2)).

Funds will be awarded to support a National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) that will improve the health and quality of life of individuals with all forms of paralysis of all ages, their families, and their support networks by raising awareness of and facilitating access to a broad range of services, tools, and opportunities available to such individuals. For purposes of this funding opportunity announcement and the activities of the NPRC, “paralysis” refers to a range of disabling conditions due to stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or any central nervous system disorder and results in difficulty or inability to move the upper or lower extremities.

The NPRC will work with ACL and ACL-funded programs to remove environmental, social, and systems barriers to health and community living for individuals with paralysis, their families, and their support networks. The NPRC will provide national outreach to educate and enhance community living opportunities and share information and resources targeted to people of all ages with paralysis as well as outreach to unserved and underserved populations. A nonexhaustive list of possible underserved individuals include those who are: veterans; children and youth; older adults; incarcerated or formerly incarcerated individuals; racial and ethnic minorities; native and tribal populations; rural populations; individuals with substance use disorders; homeless individuals; persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); survivors of domestic or other forms of violence; individuals who are uninsured or underinsured; and individuals with co-occurring developmental, intellectual, physical, psychiatric, sensory, or emerging disabilities.

All activities funded under this grant will promote greater independence, equality, choice, and control for children, adults, and older persons with paralysis and to best enable them to more fully integrate into their communities.


  • Letter of Intent: Mar. 2, 2018
  • Applications: Apr. 17, 2018

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Eligibility Requirements

Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state and local governments, Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American), faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, and institutions of higher education.

Amount Description

Award Ceiling: $5,487,654 Per Budget Period

Award Floor: $5,000,000 Per Budget Period

Length of Project Period: 36-month project period with three 12- month budget periods

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 17, 2018