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The MDA Grants Program Is Paused Due to COVID-19

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically shifted the fundraising landscape. Although our staff have been working overtime to pivot our fundraising efforts to new models, we are still critically underfunded. In light of the uncertainty surrounding future revenues, MDA has decided to pause new grant funding until we have more information about next years’ budget capabilities. All active and committed grants will still be fully funded.

The MDA leadership team is meeting often to monitor the impact of the pandemic across the globe and on the neuromuscular disease community; we will be in touch when more information is available.

Thank you for all the work you are doing to help the neuromuscular disease community. If you are interested in helping to support our new fundraising activities so that we can resume our critical research mission you can do the following:

  1. Do It Yourself Fundraising. Join with your co-workers, friends and family to raise money doing something you love – cooking, painting, dancing, etc. You can raise money for the cause by setting up a fundraiser—it’s easy; choose the Register button to create a fundraising page at mda.donordrive.com/event/telethon.
  2. Help us raise awareness and amplify our message. Follow us on our social media platforms and share our story with your friends and family. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  3. Watch the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon taking place on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET. The program will be airing globally with continuous content (broadcast channels and streaming TBA). You can find more information at mda.org/telethon.
  4. MDA is an active member of the gaming community on a year-round weekly basis through the MDA Let’s Play gaming platform, which will host gaming events starting September 12 and taking place on Twitch every Saturday until the final marathon stream called MDA Let’s Play For A Cure on October 2 Each week will feature top gaming influencers and showcase the most popular game titles including Fortnite, Fall Guys and Minecraft. You can join seven weeks of live gaming and e-sports events leading up to and simultaneously with The MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon will occur.

To receive alerts about new funding opportunities and deadlines when available, please email grants@mdausa.org.