NorthLakes Community Clinic is proud to announce that it has been awarded $15,000 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s High Impact Priority and Direct Effect Grants, offered under the Quality of Life Grants Program. The award was one of 66 grants totaling $1,230,983 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to fund a variety of projects and programs to benefit the paralysis community, strengthening the Reeve Foundation’s dual mission of Today’s Care, Tomorrow’s Cure®. Funding for this new cycle of grants was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL).
This cycle piloted a tiered grant approach, with three higher-dollar amount levels of High Impact Priority grants that support key areas of need for the community of people living with paralysis, as well as a Direct Effect tier that is broad in scope and awards grants up to $15,000. The High Impact Priority areas include Employment (5 grants at $50,000 each); Nursing Home Transition (4 grants at $40,000 each); and Transportation, Respite/Caregiving, and Disaster Response, each with 3 grants of up to $30,000 each.
The Foundation received an unprecedented total of over 600 requests, and after a rigorous review process, ultimately funded 18 High Impact Priority grants totaling $679,922 and 48 Direct Effect grants totaling $551,061.
“Through our federal partnership with ACL, we constantly strive to make the Quality of Life Grants Program the very best it can be,” said Donna Valente, Senior Grants Manager. “We are gratified that the new grants structure will help to support ACL’s strategic priorities and honor Dana’s vision and her legacy of caring by maximizing the impact of the grants.”
In Turtle Lake, funds will go towards creating a dental operatory room that is wheelchair friendly. This includes a specially designed wheelchair lift that allows patients to remain in their wheelchair during their dental appointment.
“We know that standard dental operatory rooms create barriers for our patients who are wheelchair bound,” says Nikki Liedl, Site Manager at NorthLakes Community Clinic Turtle Lake. “Thanks to the generosity of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, we are one step closer to expanding our dental services to better serve our patients.”
The clinic build was made possible in-part by a $5 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that allowed for expanding medical, dental and behavioral health services at NorthLakes Community Clinic sites in Iron River, Hayward and Turtle Lake. Additional funds are also being raised for the Wheelchair Operatory in the Turtle Lake area. This includes a 1:1 match being offered by Delta Dental. If you are interested in supporting these efforts, please contact Madeleine Rekeymer at 651-792-5534 or email@example.com.