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The Greater New York Chapter Receives a $30,000 Quality of Life Grant from The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter is proud to announce that it has been awarded $30,000 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) 2022 Priority Impact Quality of Life grants. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, more than 3,600 grants totaling over $37 million have been awarded. Funding for this program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living.

The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter will use the grant for Community Home Ramp Project. The Project provides support to people living with ALS in the Greater New York service region who need a temporary ramp installed at their homes.

“Through an ongoing disease progression, the necessary modification of a ramp is vital to the safety, quality of life, accessibility, and independence of the person living with ALS, as well as helpful to their caregivers and family members. We are honored to receive this funding to assist those living with ALS better navigate the world outside their home,” remarked Kristen Cocoman, President & CEO of The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter.

The Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center has several grants under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in different amounts. The Priority Impact Quality of Life grants program funds one-to-two-year grants with three increasing levels of grant funding: Respite and Caregiving, Assistive Technology and COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation (Up to $30,000), Nursing Home Transition, Racial Equity, and Rural Unserved & Underserved Populations (Up to $40,000), and Employment (Up to $50,000). Each tier is targeted to focus on a high-priority issue to increase access to services and increase the independence or inclusion of people living with paralysis, their family members, and caregivers. 

“We recently launched two new grants programs – one focused on Racial Equity and the other on serving Rural Unserved & Underserved Populations,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, of the Quality of Life Grants Program, Reeve Foundation. “We were blown away by the response to these two new areas of funding and are incredibly proud to be the only organization in the United States awarding grants to address these issues and improve outcomes for people living with paralysis in all marginalized racial groups, and communities that are diverse and/or historically underserved.”

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