AREAS OF GRANT FUNDING
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s funding decisions are driven by our core values: Excellence, Leadership, Accountability, Innovation and Collaboration. Our portfolios support scientific, charitable and educational organizations conducting spinal cord injury research, training in spinal cord medicine and providing services to assist individuals and families affected by spinal cord injury.
Grants are awarded only to qualifying non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada, and are not awarded to individuals. All grantees will be required to verify tax-exempt status and eligibility for funding as detailed in our Application Guides. Most of the Foundation’s grant competitions begin with submission of a brief Letter of Intent (LOI), submitted online through proposalCENTRAL, and reviewed by staff and external experts. Full Grant Applications (FGAs) are accepted only from applicants invited to apply as a result of the LOI process, and are reviewed by staff and the Foundation’s Review Boards. Funding recommendations are then made by the Foundation’s Review Boards and final decisions are made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Below, you will find more information on our specific portfolios as well as a link to explore our Funded Grants database.
In addition to our standing portfolio competitions, which are at the forefront of our funding efforts, the Foundation undertakes and solicits Special Project grants that may be focused on spinal cord injury relevant goals or reflect the philanthropic vision and values exemplified by Craig H. Neilsen during his lifetime. These Special Projects are initiated by the Foundation and are by invitation only.SPECIAL PROJECTS