What We Fund

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.  Recommendations are then made to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, who make final decisions on all funding. 

Click on a specific portfolio to view more information and use the Funded Grants link to explore our database.

Annual Snapshot

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has experienced tremendous growth and redoubled its dedication to ensuring the impact of its funding.  We create these Snapshots as a reporting tool to reality-check our progress annually.