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Critter Barn Receives Quality of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for Increased Accessibility

CRITTER BARN is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) 2021 2nd Cycle Direct Effect Quality of Life grants. Sixty- seven grants totaling $1,403,071 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 3,490 grants totaling over $36 million have been awarded. Funding for this program was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (ACL grant #90PRRC0006 01-00).

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.

“This cycle of Direct Effect grant projects offers a robust and impactful addition to our Quality of Life grants program,” said Mark Bogosian, Director, Quality of Life Grants Program, Reeve Foundation. “Grant funds are supporting wide-ranging projects including accessible community areas, adaptive sports and fitness & wellness, consumer education, peer mentoring & support, and transportation. These projects represent the true essence of our Quality of Life grants program by fostering inclusion, involvement and community engagement, and promoting health and wellness for those affected by paralysis.”

CRITTER BARN will use the grant award for purchasing seven adaptive tricycles and five activity chairs with trays from the Rifton Equipment Company, who specialize in designing and producing adaptive equipment for persons with disabilities. They do not make wheelchairs, but everything to assist people to get out of their wheelchair and do more! The tricycles will offer an exciting mode of transportation around the new farm on concrete pathways that connect multiple barns. The activity chairs will provide better hands-on opportunities with small animals with bunnies, ducklings or baby chicks sitting on the tray directly in front of our visitors. “We are excited to hear about the new farm facility being planned in Michigan and we would be pleased to support your efforts to make the entire facility universally inclusive and accommodating of children and adults with mobility challenges,” Ryan Burke, Rifton Equipment. When installed at Critter Barn, it becomes the only site in the country with this type of equipment that is open as a public facility.

CRITTER BARN is pleased to have partnered with Lori’s Voice, a local organization located in Coopersville, Michigan, who focuses on helping special needs children. This partnership allows Critter Barn to directly reach individuals who are living with paralysis and who can benefit from the adaptive equipment that the grant award will fund. Critter Barn is deeply honored to have their grant application to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation fully funded. They are grateful for the opportunity to pursue their accessibility goals, and wishes to thank the Reeve Foundation for the tremendous work they do to improve the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis.