Virginia Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative

The Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to improving the treatment and care of Virginians with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. Through the establishment of the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund, administered by a governor-appointed Advisory Board, funds are available to Virginia-based organizations, institutions and researchers to address the needs of people with acquired neurotrauma. The Advisory Board disburses CNI funds through a grant application process for research proposals and innovative community-based rehabilitation programs.



  • RECENTLY AWARDED RFA #28493: The Advisory Board to the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund recently awarded three multi-year grants intent on researching the mechanisms of neurotrauma or the treatment of neurotrauma, or both.

    Or an intention to provide innovative, model community-based rehabilitative services by developing, expanding, evaluating, or improving community-based programs and services for people with traumatic brain injury or traumatic spinal cord injury, or both. These programs also expand opportunities for these individuals to become as independent and physically and functionally capable as possible.

  • UPCOMING MEETINGS: The CNI Trust Fund Advisory Board upcoming meetings for 2024 at 10:00 a.m. are:
    • July 19
    • September 20
    • December 13
    Meeting materials are posted one week prior to the scheduled meeting. Please visit: Meeting Minutes & Other Documents

  • Exciting Happenings with CNI Grantees
    DARS was recently featured on public television’s What it Takes. Jacole Thomas, Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund (CNI) administrator and Noel Anderson, a grantee who operates Anderson Music Therapy in Roanoke, offered an informative overview of how people with disabilities are benefitting from programs funded by CNI. Join host Tom Landon as he explores these innovative treatments and how they are provided through music therapy.


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Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Richmond, VA 23229

Email: Jacole Thomas  (804) 662-7154

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