Grants

Quality of Life Grant Program

The Motion Project Quality of Life Grant Program enables our foundation to offer grant awards to qualifying individuals. The grant award they receive will help them obtain critical items such as rehabilitation therapy, home and vehicle modifications, and medical equipment. Motion Project Foundation, formerly Wheels With Wings Foundation, funds Quality of Life Grants for residences of the 17 counties that comprise the Western New York Region of New York State. http://www.westernny.com/regions.html

Use of Grants
Motion Project Foundation grants may be used to obtain and/or repair equipment such as wheelchairs, standers, FES bikes, vehicle modifications, computers or other adaptive equipment to aide in personal independence, as prescribed by a licensed medical professional.

Motion Project Foundation grants may be used for various home modifications such as ramps, lifts, or bathroom modifications.

Motion Project Foundation grants may be used for various types of rehabilitation programs under the supervision of a licensed doctor, physical therapist or other medical professional.

Note: This includes but not limited to physical therapy, occupational therapy, integrative manual therapy, or alternative & holistic treatments.

Eligibility


Applicants must have experienced a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia and such injuries have resulted in substantially interfering with personal independence. A letter from a physician or other medical practitioner verifying the nature (type) and cause of your injury will be required. Motion Project Foundation, formerly Wheels With Wings Foundation, funds Quality of Life Grants for residences of the 17 counties that comprise the Western New York Region of New York State. http://www.westernny.com/regions.html

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate a financial need. Documentation will be required. It must be shown that the financial need is due to necessity not covered by other sources such as health insurance, community resources, through agencies or programs or any other means.

Applicants must be specific in their request. Requests for “anything you can give” will not be considered. Payment will only be made to the vendor or third party recipient, NOT the individual recipient.

Applicants must reside in one of the 17 counties that comprise the Western New York Region of New York Statehttp://www.westernny.com/regions.html 

There is no age requirement for applicants.

Eligibility DOES NOT guarantee any entitlement to a grant (award).

Applicants must submit estimates from potential suppliers when completing the application/grants.

Note: examples of eligible items include replacement or repair of wheelchairs, vehicle modifications (i.e. hand controls or lifts) small home modifications to include ramp or lift installation, computers or other adaptive equipment to aid in personal independence.

How To Apply


Applicants must complete all questions of the application in order to be considered for a Motion Project Foundation Quality of Life Grant, including providing contact information and estimates from at least three (3) suppliers and/or contractors for the equipment or renovations requested in the application.

Applicants must print, sign and submit the checklist included with the application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications are accepted year-round and are considered at quarterly Grant Committee meetings. Grants awarded will be considered based on necessity, and cost of the applicant’s request and financial need. There is NO minimum award. Grant awards will be limited up to $5,000. Grants are awarded quarterly and recipient will be notified by phone or mail upon approval. All paperwork submitted including the application will not be returned.

A recipient of a grant may not re-apply within a year of their award.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the volume of grant applications, we respectfully request no phone calls or emails inquiring on the status of your application. Grant recipients will be notified by phone or mail upon approval.

The Grant Committee of the Motion Project Foundation will review each and every completed request quarterly and make specific recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval. The Board of Directors meets quarterly to authorize and approve grant awards. Notifications, both of awards and declinations, will be mailed out after the Board has met. All supporting materials should be submitted to the address below and become the property of Motion Project Foundation.

Note: Motion Project will disburse awards based on those who are most in need. Requests will be assessed according to the criteria set forth in the Foundation’s distribution policies, including potential benefit, need for support and personal and outside resources available. Awards will be subject to availability.

Once approved as a recipient of a grant, you may need to complete some additional paperwork. The paperwork will indicate the provider you have chosen and the specifics of the goods or service to be provided. The provider must submit an invoice to the Motion Project Foundation for the goods or services rendered. Upon receipt, a check will be issued directly to the provider within 2 to 3 weeks. No award will be paid directly to the applicant.

Denied applicants may re-apply at any time. A new application will be required.

Grant Recipients


The Motion Project Quality of Life Grant Program awards grants to individuals in need, helping them to gain back their confidence and truly Rise Above their spinal cord injuries. Read some of their stories to see how we have already helped so many.

This donation was a huge blessing to my family and myself which has allowed me to participate in months of specialized exercise programs for spinal cord rehabilitation. I have gotten much stronger and healthier…my family and I are forever grateful.

Justin Lake

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