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NH Audubon Receives $24,479 of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for Improving Center Accessibility for Visitors

Concord – NH Audubon is proud to announce that it has been awarded $24,479 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants and Direct Effect grants cycles. Seven High Impact Grants totaling $232,266 and 73 Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants totaling $1,244,263 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations that empower individuals living with paralysis.

NH Audubon will use the grant for providing push button mechanical door operators for front and back entrances to the McLane Center in Concord as well as the Massabesic Center in Auburn. These door operators will allow people using assistive devices for mobility to freely move around the two centers to access interpretive educational material as well as exterior exhibits including ambassador animals. Finally, the funds will also provide a crushed gravel pathway on the exterior of the Massabesic Center to access aspects of their growing Garden of the Senses.

“NH Audubon is honored to receive this award and hopes that even more people will visit the two Centers to forge a connection to nature and to family members, friends, and loved ones,” says Doug Bechtel, NH Audubon President. “NH Audubon sincerely thanks the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for this opportunity to improve our facilities for all.”

The Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center has a number of grant programs under the Quality of Life program awarding grants in different category areas, varying in different amounts. The High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants fund projects in the following areas: Transportation, Respite/Caregiving, and Disaster Response, Nursing Home Transition, and Employment, while the Direct Effect Grants support a wide range of short-to mid-term projects and activities that will clearly impact individuals living with paralysis and their families.

“There are several components that go into these projects,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program. “If we can provide programmatic and other financial supports, even in the short term with the Direct Effect grants, these organizations can now focus on executing their mission, leading to greater success, expansion, and sustainability.”

The Reeve Foundation funded a wide variety of projects from employment programs to accessible playground projects and adaptive sports programs. Since the Quality of Life Grants Program’s inception, 3,153 grants totaling over $26 million have been awarded. Funding for these new cycles of grants were made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0002-01-01).

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 people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is the support side of the Reeve Foundation’s twin missions to provide “Today’s Care” and to strive for “Tomorrow’s Cure” and offers a free, comprehensive, national source of informational support for individuals living with paralysis and their caregivers. 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 800-539-7309.

About NH Audubon:
NH Audubon is a nonprofit statewide membership organization dedicated to the protection of New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. Independent of the National Audubon Society, NH Audubon has offered programs in wildlife conservation, land protection, environmental policy, and environmental education since 1914. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults in schools and at four nature centers throughout the state. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.

Posted on: September 12, 2019
Topics: Funding Awards

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