Neilsen Foundation awards $10 million for COVID-19 relief

Neilsen Foundation awards $10 million for COVID-19 relief

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation in Encino, California, has announced emergency grants totaling $10 million in support of the spinal cord injury community and critical SCI research.

The grants include $6.1 million to offset costs for SCI research projects that have been halted or delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as costs related to additional protective measures needed for researchers to return to the lab; and $3.5 million in support of nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada providing emergency services during the pandemic to individuals with SCI. Recipients include the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio, whose coaches are delivering groceries and other essential supplies to athletes in wheelchairs; United Spinal Houston, which is delivering N95 masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizer, and other essential items to those with SCI and their caregivers; and Ability KC, whose telehealth initiative provides virtual physical therapy and occupational therapy services to clients.

"People with SCI are facing increased risks in addition to a shortage of home- and community-based services, personal care attendants, and healthcare options," said United Spinal president and CEO James Weisman. "The safety and well-being of this community is our highest priority, and with these grants we're proud that we can help alleviate their challenges."

(Photo credit: Craig H. Neilsen Foundation)