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That Uppity Theatre Co. receives Reeve grant

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That Uppity Theatre Co. received a $10,000 grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation, the foundation said Monday. The foundation awarded $850,439 in grants to 139 nonprofit organizations around the world as part of its Quality of Life program.

Since 1999, The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) has awarded 1,073 grants totaling more than $8.5 million.

Grantees in this cycle include many organizations that the organization’s founder, the late Dana Reeve, had recognized as remarkable programs in past cycles, according to a release. These include That Uppity Theatre Co. in St. Louis, VSA arts in Washington, D.C., and Special Needs Advocates for Parents in Los Angeles.

This cycle’s largest grant — $25,000 — was awarded to the Miami-Dade County Public School system for an inclusive, community-based recreational program for students with disabilities. Exact amounts of the other grants were not disclosed in a release, and officials of the nonprofits could not be reached for comment.

The CRF Quality of Life grants are awarded to programs or projects that improve the well-being of people living with paralysis, particularly spinal cord injuries. Funding is awarded twice annually in 13 categories.

The Christopher Reeve Foundation, based in Short Hills, N.J., is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

That Uppity Theatre Co., based in St. Louis, develops and produces socially relevant theatrical work and related cultural activities.

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