Research and development of new treatments for any serious medical condition requires significant investment of time, effort, and capital. In order to further our mission of reducing the impact and, one day, stopping Cerebral Palsy entirely, MyChild Cerebral Palsy Foundation (MCCPF) awards grants to a variety of different projects.
Here is an overview of the types of projects we fund through grants. This is by no means an exhaustive list; you can find out if your project is eligible on the Foundation website.
Our Foundation believes that knowledge is power. Knowledge makes it possible for patients to manage and thrive in spite of CP, helps family members offer support to loved ones touched by the disorder, and helps doctors provide better treatment.
The researchers who pursue breakthroughs in the medicine and science of Cerebral Palsy are often the ones who discover the knowledge we need to move forward. Our Foundation awards funding to research projects that strive to:
- Better understand the cause and mechanism of Cerebral Palsy
- Identify risk
- Determine preventative measures and treatments
Though there is currently no cure for Cerebral Palsy, drug therapy is a common solution for alleviating the severity of symptoms and preventing or reducing the impact of complications and associative conditions.
MCCPF considers grant applications for drug protocols seeking to address issues such as:
- Muscle relaxation
- Pain management
- Digestive difficulties
Many patients with Cerebral Palsy enjoy a multitude of benefits from different types of therapeutic treatment. For children affected by CP, early therapy can address developmental difficulties and help young patients build strength and independence that can help them throughout life’s journey.
MyChild Cerebral Palsy Foundation considers grant applications submitted by doctors and therapists who are creating and refining therapies for patients with CP, including treatments that seek to improve a patient’s:
- Functionality and independence
- Physical fitness
- Speech and communication
- Social skills
- Pain relief
- Mood and behavior
- Life skills
Assistive equipment enhances the ability for patients with Cerebral Palsy to be included in everyday life. Ongoing technological advances will only improve the amount of assistance and the number of choices available for CP patients.
The landscape of adaptive devices for Cerebral Palsy continues to grow, and the Foundation’s board of governors will review grant applications from researchers pursuing technological developments in arenas including:
- Power wheelchairs and other mobility technology
- Orthotics and devices for improving physical strength and coordination
- Gait analysis
- Augmentative and alternative communication
- Hearing assistance
If you have questions about the suitability of your project, please review our grant seeker FAQ before submitting your application.