Creating Opportunity & Independence
The goal of our grant program is to fund adaptive equipment, opportunities and programs that enable people with spinal cord injuries to maximize their independence and quality of life.
What We Fund
We have two types of grants.
Grants are awarded to spinal cord injury survivors with paraplegia and quadriplegia. 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..
To apply for a Personal Grant, please read over all information below regarding eligibility and qualifications and complete the online application below.
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 are available. Applications must include a detailed budget outline.
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Eligibility & Qualifications
Personal Grants: Although we do not have a minimum or maximum award amount, grants for individuals rarely exceed $5,000, and the average grant 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.
Program Grants: Applicant organization must be providing services within the Greater New York City area (NYC, Long Island, Westchester or New Jersey) and include a detailed outline of how their program will specifically impact people with spinal cord injuries.
Applications are reviewed year-round.
Notifications are sent via email usually within 2-4 weeks.
Let’s get started on a plan to help maximize your independence today!
Online Grant Application