RICHMOND HILL, GA – SD Gunner Fund is proud to announce that it has been awarded $22,600 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) 2021 1st  Cycle Direct Effect Quality of Life grants. Sixty-seven grants totaling $1,305,579 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 3,400 grants totaling over $34 million have been awarded. Funding for this program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-03-00).

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 Direct Effect Quality of Life grants program funds organizations up to $25,000 to support a wide range of projects and activities that will impact individuals living with paralysis and their families.

“The Reeve Foundation is humbled and proud to be able to support important organizations by offering life-changing projects and programs through this grant cycle,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program, Reeve Foundation. “Funding projects that prevent harassment and displacement of low-income tenants, offering Paralympians an abuse prevention curriculum and other community-based activities like adaptive sports and gardening to end food insecurity is an example of how we’re aiding people living with paralysis to regain their independence and back into their local community.”

SD Gunner Fund will use the grant for its Service Pets for Vets Program which works to train service dogs for veterans living with paralysis.

“We are honored to have been awarded this life-changing grant from the Reeve Foundation and excited about the impact we can now make in the lives of veterans living with paralysis with our specially trained service animals,” said Britnee Kinard, CEO and Founder of SD Gunner Fund.  “SD Gunner Fund is deeply grateful to the Reeve Foundation and the opportunities it opens up to nonprofit organizations striving to empower individuals with disabilities and their families.”

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 SD Gunner Fund:

SD Gunner Fund, a registered 501(c)3 organization, has a mission to assist veterans, children living with disabilities, and first responders while inspiring disability awareness through public education and advocacy.They are best known for their Service Dog training and recipient matching program. For more information, please visit our website at www.sdgunner.org or call 615-804-3533.