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New Funding Opportunity for Adaptive Equipment

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has announced a new funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the quality of life for individuals living with spinal cord injury (SCI). Creating Opportunity & Independence Project Grants are one-year grants, ranging from $25,000 - $100,000, targeting innovative approaches that empower individuals with SCI to enjoy improved emotional and physical well-being.

Artist residency programs can apply for funding to support adaptive equipment or technology needed to support artists with physical limitations while they are in residence (e.g. accessible van for people in wheelchairs, air conditioners, screen reader software, etc.)

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has a strong history of working with the residency field. Since 2009, the Foundation has partnered with the Vermont Studio Center (VSC) to support visual artists and writers with spinal cord injury with residency fellowships. In 2017, the foundation supported the launch of the Creative Access Fellowships Program in partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities, which has supported over three dozen artists with SCI attending residencies at Vermont Studio Center, PLAYA, Ragdale Foundation, and Santa Fe Art Institute.

The one-year Project Grants application process begins with submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI). The 2019 Project Grant LOI application process will open in proposalCENTRAL on Friday, December 7, 2018. The 2019 Application Guide and deadline information are available now on the Foundation website ( Contact Jane Otto, Program Officer, at for further information.

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation 

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation was established as a private foundation in 2002. The Neilsen Foundation received its full endowment in 2011 and since then has significantly expanded its staff and grantmaking activities in accordance with its strategic plan. In light of this expansion, the Neilsen Foundation has evolved into the largest private funder of spinal cord injury research, rehabilitation and clinical training in the United States. The Neilsen Foundation funds scientific research (preclinical, translational, clinical and psychosocial research); opportunity and independence programs; scholarships for students with SCI; postdoctoral and SCI medicine fellowships; and other projects to support the SCI community throughout the United States and Canada.