Grants to Fund Independence

What we fund.

For Individuals

Spinal cord injury survivors with paraplegia or quadriplegia may apply for a grant to provide funding for adaptive equipment, therapy, small home renovations or other items that are not covered by insurance but are needed to maximize their independence. Priority is given to those with newly acquired paralysis due to traumatic spinal cord injury or transverse myelitis.  Due to limited resources, we must exclude applicants whose paralysis is caused by other issues such as complications at birth, stroke, ALS, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, etc. 

 

For Organizations

NYC Spinal welcomes the opportunity to support the SCI/D community as a whole.  Funding for projects that will benefit larger groups of people with SCI/D such as support groups, adaptive sports and fitness programs, educational seminars and employment initiatives, is available.  Applications must include a detailed budget outline.

Eligibility & Qualifications

Although we do not have a minimum or maximum award amount, grants for individuals rarely exceed $5,000, and the average grant award is generally around $2,000.

Should an individual application include an estimate for an item or service exceeding $5,000, we will consider partial funding if information is included describing how the balance of funding will be secured.

A grant request must be for something specific and include cost estimates for the item requested.  Requests for “anything” will not be considered.

  • Applicants must live in the Greater New York City area to be considered.
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need and provide documentation if requested.
  • Priority is given to those with newly acquired traumatic spinal cord injuries.
  • Applicants may be asked to provide medical proof of spinal cord injury or paralysis.
  • Payment is made to reputable vendors only. We DO NOT provide funding directly to a grant recipient or reimburse for equipment already purchased.
  • Applicant may be asked to meet with one of our Board members in person or participate in a telephone interview regarding their grant application.
  • Grant Recipients are expected to sign-up for our free membership.
  • Grant Recipients are asked to provide photos or a video showing how their grant helped maximize their independence.
  • Grant Recipients agree to actively “pay-it-forward” through community service and supporting our mission.
  • Applicant organization must be providing services within the Greater New York City area (NYC, Long Island, Westchester or New Jersey)
  • Application must include a detailed outline of how a program proposal will specifically impact people with spinal cord injuries.
  • Application must include a detailed budget outline of the project with a listing of any additional funding sources.
  1. Grants are reviewed year-round.
  2. An application will only be considered once all supporting documentation has been received.
  3. After being initially screened for eligibility, all grants applications are then carefully considered by our board of directors.
  4. Award status notifications are sent via email usually 2-3 weeks after  completed submission.

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Grants