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Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Education Foundation Grant

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits and Institutions to Benefit
Veterans and Others Affected by Spinal Cord Injury and Disease

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Foundation / Corporation

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Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Education Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/02/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations, institutions, and associations for educational projects that benefit and serve veterans and other individuals affected by spinal cord diseases and injuries. Funding is intended for projects that have the potential to provide broad-based educational opportunities; potential replication of proposals and effective dissemination plans are key elements of funded projects.

The Education Foundation provides funding in six project categories:

  • Consumer, Caregiver, and Community Education: Projects that seek to improve the health, independence and quality of life for individuals with SCI/D
  • Professional Development and Education: Programs that improve the knowledge and competencies of health professionals who serve the SCI/D community, including fellowship and traineeship programs
  • Research Utilization and Dissemination: Projects that translate findings into practice
  • Assistive technology: Projects that improve the identification, selection, and use of assistive devices.  
  • Conferences and Symposia: Meetings that provide education and collaboration opportunities for members of the SCI/D community
  • Consumer Guides: Development of companion consumer information guides based on PVA SCI Consortium Clinical Practice Guidelines. Please note: NO Consumer Guide Grant applications will be accepted for this grant cycle.

For FY 2020, each grant project and conference must include at least one person living with a SCI/D, MS or ALS in the development, implementation and evaluation of the project. This individual, who should be described as the SCI/D Advocate, will provide insights and support in assuring that the project has a positive impact on the target audience. For conference grant applications, this person should be identified as part of the planning committee. For project grants, this person should be included in the narrative under key personnel. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176906

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum PVA Education Foundation project grant is $50,000 per year. The maximum conference or symposium grant is $15,000 per year. The minimum PVA Education Foundation project, conference or symposium grant is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants awarded by May 1, 2020, will be funded for a one-year grant period beginning June 1, 2020. If you require a grant start date after June 1, please state this in your application or on the Grant Acknowledgement Form. A written justification for the delay is required. Grants may start no later than August 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants should be members of academic institutions, health care providers and organizations, or consumer advocates and organizations. Grantee institutions must be located in the United States or Canada. However, project directors and fellows are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens.

All applications must be submitted in the name of the project director by the fiscally responsible organizational entities. Each application must be endorsed by the organization’s signing official (the person responsible for organizational approval).

PVA Education Foundation does not make grants to for-profit companies.

While grantee institutions must be located in the U.S. or Canada, the applicant and key staff are not required to be U.S. or Canadian citizens. Foreign nationals may apply for grant funding. If this individual will serve as Project Director, Principal Investigator, or a Significant Project Staff member ( greater than 20% FTE), he or she must provide verification of a current United States or Canadian Visa. The visa must reflect sufficient in-country (United States or Canada) time to complete the grant project or fellowship award.

A PVA funded organization (or PVA funded Project Director) may not submit a new application if they hold a PVA Education Foundation grant at the time of application. A previously awarded grant must be completed, the final reports submitted and reviewed, and the project closed, before a new application can be submitted. The closure process typically takes 4-6 weeks after receipt of the final reports.

The PVA Education Foundation does not accept applications for grants to be used exclusively for the publication, market testing, or marketing of books, manuals, DVDs or other materials to be sold either at cost or for profit. However, grants may include funding for the development and evaluation of innovative teaching methods leading to the production of potentially copyrighted teaching materials or guides.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting applications is December 2, 2019, no later than 11:59 PM EST, without exception.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to start their submissions in the system by October 1, 2019, indicating a title, keywords, abstract, category and person record for the applicant. This information will be used to develop the review panel in a timely manner. Submit full applications early.

- September 1, 2019: Application submission opens
- October 1, 2019: Submission Start (strongly encouraged)
- December 2, 2019: Application submission deadline
- April 30, 2020: Award recipients notified
- June 1, 2020: Grant projects begin

Please do not call Foundation staff to find out the status of a proposal unless written notification has not been received by May 14, 2020.

Grant contribution to institutional indirect costs is limited to 8% of total direct expenditures, regardless of the institution’s actual or federally negotiated overhead rate. This is not negotiable.

Clinical Practice Guidelines:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For technical assistance with the online application submission process, contact Customer Service at

Lindsay Perlman, MPH, Program Manager
Phone: 202-416-7611

Cheryl Vines, M.S., Director of Research and Education
Phone: 805.439.2804 or 202.416.7668

Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-416-7611

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon