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Support for Programs Serving People with Paralysis Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation:
Quality of Life Grant Program

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and to improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis. The Foundation's Quality of Life Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations in the United States that provide services to individuals with paralysis, with some emphasis on paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries. Grants are provided to larger organizations that represent and protect individuals with disabilities on a national level as well as local groups that have an immediate and practical impact on individual lives. The Foundation gives special consideration to organizations that serve returning wounded military and their families, and to those that provide targeted services to diverse cultural communities. The upcoming application deadline is September 3, 2013. Visit the Foundation's website for detailed funding guidelines.

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Services for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis Funded Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: Quality of Life Grants

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's Quality of Life Grants provide support throughout the United States to actively promote quality of life and create a brighter tomorrow for those living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Support is provided to assist in expanding MS day programs, diagnostic services and equipment, rehabilitation services, support services, social services, education and outreach, and medical care. Priority will be given to efforts that address unmet needs, enhance or expand current services, use creative and innovative approaches to achieve positive outcomes, fill gaps in current services, and directly affect individuals with MS and their families. MS centers and other nonprofit organizations serving 25 or more MS patients are eligible to apply. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $40,000. Applications are accepted from September 1 to November 1, annually. Visit the Foundation's website to download the request for proposals.

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Funds for Initiatives Assisting the Visually Impaired and Blind Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation

The mission of the Reader's Digest Partners for Sight Foundation is to provide resources to allow the visually impaired and blind to lead independent and productive lives. The Foundation is currently offering a request for proposals for initiatives that further its mission of assisting the visually impaired and blind. The Foundation seeks to fund projects and programs with broad, practical applications and measurable outcomes, as opposed to outcomes that are pure research, narrow in geographical scope, or otherwise very limited in potential reach and scale. Preference is given to funding new initiatives, though in select cases the Foundation may support projects currently in the development phase that require additional funding in order to bring them to completion. Selected projects may receive an initial grant of up to $300,000 in year one, and additional grants of up to $200,000 per year for two to three subsequent years. The application deadline is September 30, 2013. Visit the Foundation's website to download the request for proposals.

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Programs for Individuals with Disabilities Supported in San Diego County Toby Wells Foundation

The Toby Wells Foundation supports nonprofit organizations operating programs within San Diego County, CA, that work to enhance the lives of youth, people with disabilities, and animals. In the area of disabilities, the Foundation supports programs that are available to any individual with a disability living within San Diego County that would benefit from involvement in the program. The majority of funding is given to programs with an emphasis on enhancing the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries. All supported programs must be certified with the State of California, and all trainers, employees, volunteers, or other individuals assisting and interacting with recipients of the program must be certified or recognized within a field relevant to the program to which they are assisting. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year. Proposals are due September 5, annually. The online letter of inquiry form is available on the Foundation's website.

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Grants Enhance Bank Communities Cathay Bank Foundation

The Cathay Bank Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that serve the communities across the Cathay Bank service network in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Washington, and Texas. Areas of interest include community and economic development, education, civic and community, and health and welfare. Within the community and economic development area of interest, one of the Foundation's focus areas is senior services, workforce development, and services for individuals with disabilities. Grant awards generally range from $1,000 to $10,000. Letters of intent are accepted throughout the year. The upcoming deadline for applications is September 30, 2013. Visit the Foundation's website for more information.

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Support Provided for Education and Healthcare in Northern California The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation provides support in the fields of conservation, education, and healthcare for projects that benefit the communities of Northern California or Hawaii. In the field of education, the Foundation seeks to support projects in the areas of core curriculum enrichment, innovation in teaching, career cultivation, and educational services for students with special learning needs. In the area of healthcare, interests include providing health support services, advancing patient care and medical treatment through research and innovation, and improving the quality of life of those afflicted by life-limiting disease or conditions. Special consideration will also be given to projects focused on the following areas: training and support for caregivers, aging with dignity, integrative medicine, and healthy eating/active living. The Foundation has a special interest in projects that focus on women, families, and seniors. Requests for invitations to apply will be accepted from August 19 to September 16, 2013 for grants ranging from $10,000 to $49,000. The Request for Invitation Form will be available on the Foundation's website during the open period for submitting the requests.

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Grants for Programs Serving People and Families Affected by Autism in Southern California Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

The goal of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism is to improve the quality of life for people and families affected by autism. Grants of up to $20,000 support community organizations actively assisting children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and their families through direct family support, safety equipment, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, transition services, employment, housing, and other opportunities. Grants also support education and advocacy programs for all individuals on the autism spectrum, community awareness initiatives, educational opportunities that provide practical experience for family members and professionals working in the field of autism, and scholarships for students pursuing a degree in the field of special education and more specifically, developmental disabilities. The Foundation's geographic focus includes Southern California, specifically San Diego County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County. (Other geographic areas served include New England, New York, New Jersey, select Canadian provinces, and national education and advocacy programs.) The application deadline is September 30, 2013. Visit the Foundation's website to apply online.

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Training and Technical Assistance Funded to Enhance Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities Administration for Community Living

The Help America Vote Act Training and Technical Assistance to Assist Protection and Advocacy Systems to Establish or Improve Voting Access for Individuals with Disabilities program will award funds to up to two organizations to provide training and technical assistance to the nationwide network of protection and advocacy systems to assist with their promotion of full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities. In order to assess the availability and use of voting systems and technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities (including blindness), the training and technical assistance projects may support training in the use of voting systems and technologies, and demonstrate and evaluate the use of such systems and technologies by individuals with disabilities. The application deadline is August 15, 2013. (Optional letters of intent were due July 25, 2013.)

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Technical Assistance Grants Promote Achievement for Children with Disabilities Department of Education

The State Technical Assistance Projects to Improve Services and Results for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind and National Technical Assistance and Dissemination Center for Children Who Are Deaf-Blind program provides support to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance, supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically-based research. Grants will be made to establish and operate state or multi-state deaf-blind technical assistance projects to improve services and results for children who are deaf-blind. In addition, a cooperative agreement will be awarded to establish and operate a National Center on Deaf-Blindness. The application deadline is August 15, 2013.

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Centers Focused on Community Living Policy and Disability in Rural Areas Funded Department of Education

The purpose of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers: Community Living Policy program, funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to achieve the goals of the Rehabilitation Act through advanced research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities. These activities are designed to benefit rehabilitation service providers, individuals with disabilities, and the family members or other authorized representatives of individuals with disabilities. One grant will be made for a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center focused on community living policy. Applications are due September 3, 2013. Funding is also available for a center focused on disability in rural areas. The application deadline is August 19, 2013.

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