Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) Receives $30,000 Quality of Life Grant From Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
The Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) is proud to announce that it has been awarded $30,000 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) 2020 High Impact Priority Quality of Life grants. Fourteen grants totaling $477,644 were awarded. 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 3,300 grants totaling over $32 million have been awarded. Funding for this new cycle of grants were made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-03-00).
The Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) will use the grant to create an online emergency preparedness resource center and working group that will help members in the community living with paralysis and their caregivers plan and prepare for disasters. The online resource center will be a repository of information targeted toward individuals with paralysis and the emergencies most likely to occur in the Mohawk Valley region of New York.
“RCIL is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to the services and supports to help them live independently, and that includes making sure that there are resources and supports available to help individuals living with paralysis and their caregivers plan for emergencies and be prepared for anything. We look forward to collaborating with community partners on this project and would like to extend our gratitude to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for their commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis” said Georgianna Sanges, RCIL Marketing and Communications.
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 High Impact Priority Quality of Life grants program funds one-year grants with three increasing levels of grant funding: Transportation, Respite and Caregiving and Disaster Preparedness (Up to $30,000), Nursing Home Transition (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.
“This past year has brought about many extreme challenges to the organizations that we work with and the people we collectively serve,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “This cohort of grantees and their ever-important projects are a beacon of light as we navigate our way through a new year. There are still challenges ahead, but I know that together we will continue to move forward to overcome obstacles and barriers that affect the over 5.3 million Americans living with paralysis and their families and caregivers. I have complete confidence that these new projects will lead the way to a better tomorrow.”
About the Reeve Foundation:
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we are working tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery across the field of spinal cord research by investing in labs across the globe. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation’s national Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services assisting over 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s voices and needs to achieve greater representation and independence. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.
About the Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL):
RCIL is a 501(c)3 certified nonprofit organization offering seniors and individuals with disabilities a wide range of independent living and advocacy services to help keep them living at home and in the community, as safely and independently as possible. To learn more about the programs and services available through RCIL visit us online at www.rcil.com or give us a call at 315-797-4642.