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The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter is committed to addressing the needs of those living with multiple sclerosis. To that end, the chapter has been undergoing an evaluation of its grant system and has determined its funding priorities for the 2011-2015 time periods. We are aligning our grant priorities to fund projects that address our organization’s strategic response. Funding priority categories are listed below. Funding is available for up to $50,000 (please note grants are contingent upon availability of funds).

We will consider multi-year applications. In addition to the written proposal, in-person presentations are required. Dates are chosen based on the availability of the grant review committee and will not be re-scheduled. Presentation guidelines are below.

Beginning in 2012, we have moved into a spring/fall funding cycle.

Timeline

Spring Cycle:

  • Open for Applications – March 1
  • Applications Due By – April 9
  • Requestor Presentations to Review Committee – April 15 to 30

Fall Cycle:

  • Open for Applications – July 1
  • Applications Due By – August 1
  • Requestor Presentations to Review Committee – August 15 to 30


Guidelines and application form

Funding categories:

  • Increased Access to MS Care
  • Housing
  • Rural/Underserved Communities
  • Family based services
  • Expansion of health care professionals to the MS field
  • Progressive MS

We will not consider the following:

  • Applicants who are in the middle of a multi-year funding cycle
  • Positions that can bill for services
  • Previous grantees who have not submitted their year-end reports
  • More than 1 application from one entity (if your organization is collaborating with another you are welcome to submit a joint proposal)
  • A grantee that has more than one no-cost extension
  • Incomplete applications
  • Applications from individuals

Presentation Guidelines:

  • Presentations should be no longer than 30 minutes
  • If you are seeking support for a position, we expect that person to be in attendance
  • Submit your presentation 2 days prior to your scheduled presentation in Power Point format
  • Provide presentation materials for up to seven volunteer and staff reviewers

Click here to download the application form (.doc). Please return your completed application form to Kristina.McGraw@nmss.org or mail it to:

Kristina McGraw
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Greater Delaware Valley Chapter
30 South 17th Street, Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Current Community Impact Grant recipients

Einstein Health Network and Moss Rehab, located in Philadelphia - for an MS navigator who will help give patients better access to clinical and community resources.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, located in Allentown - for its MS Wellness program. This innovative initiative promotes the health and well-being of people living with MS through a variety of activities.

Philadelphia’s Inglis Foundation - to fund its new MS Evening Program, a  peer-supported environment where people living with MS can take part in activities that maintain health and cognitive function.

St. Luke’s MS Center - to support a social work position at its location in Allentown. This professional serves those living with MS through education, emotional support, access to resources and other vital services.

The Comprehensive MS Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia - to provide social work services that will give patients the support they need to overcome the daily challenges of MS.

Total Rehab and Fitness, located in Cherry Hill – to make physical therapy services available to underserved people living with MS, giving them the chance to take control of their health and wellness.

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