Quality of Life Grants Program

Funding Agency:
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grants program offers a tiered grants strategy awarding Direct Effect (Tier 1) grants up to $25,000 to support a wide array of programs and activities. In addition, we have created Priority Impact grants (Tiers 2, 3 & 4) with higher maximum award amounts that focus on targeted high priority issues for people living with paralysis and their families. This enables the Reeve Foundation to continue to support valuable projects and services in communities throughout the United States of America, as well as to highlight, fund and publicize high priority issues and successful solutions. Expanded Impact grants (Tier 5) are expansions of previously awarded QOL programs that have achieved demonstrable successful impact.

Organizations may only apply for one grant in a grants cycle and only under one Tier. Multiple submissions from one organization will not be considered. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.


Before approaching the funder or submitting an application:

  • Prospective applicants from Duke University –  contact Angela Crews in the Office of Foundation Relations, University Development at 919-681-0468 or angela.crews@duke.edu.
  • Prospective applicants from Duke Medicine – contact Anita Shirley in Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving, Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs at 919-385-3117 or anita.shirley@duke.edu

Deadlines:  March 8, 2024; Oct. 11, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Quality of Life grant applications are accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals. • An organization must have its own 501(c)(3) tax status (or be a part of or chapter of a national organization that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization). • Fiscal Sponsors CANNOT apply on behalf of non-501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. • 501(c)(4) organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status are ineligible.

Funding Type


Duke Awardees







Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 8, 2024