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Autism Speaks Grants Program

Grants to USA, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands Nonprofits
and For-Profits to Benefit Individuals with Autism

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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands nonprofit and for-profit organizations for programs that enhance the lives of people affected by autism. Funding is intended for programs and activities that address the focus areas of education and training, culture, animal therapy, fitness and health, social skills, summer camp scholarships, supportive technology, sensory equipment, water safety, and adult and young adult services.

Through the Autism Local Impact Grant program, Autism Speaks funds activities across the country. In addition, the bi-annual Normal and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program grants identify and support innovative community programs for people with autism of all ages. Applications for both programs will be considered, depending on meeting the program criteria.

The focus of the Autism Speaks Local Impact Grants is three-fold:
- To promote local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders
- To expand the capacity to effectively serve the ASD community
- To increase the field of national service providers.

Autism Speaks places a significant emphasis on the product or deliverable of each proposal to benefit the autism community beyond those participating in the program. Deliverables include videos, manuals and curricula that may be shared on the Autism Speaks website for the broader community. In addition, Autism Speaks seeks to ensure proposals provide opportunities for individuals with varying levels of need. Careful consideration will also be given to applications that specifically address the needs of underserved communities, which can include rural towns, non-English speaking populations, and other vulnerable groups.

Funding is provided to support programs at existing organizations in the following areas:
- Education
- Animal Therapy: Equine programs, service dogs, and other animal-related activities
- Culture: Programs related to arts, dance, museums, music
- Health and Fitness: Athletic and wellness programs
- Social Skills
- Summer Camp Scholarships
- Supportive Technology/Sensory Equipment
- Swimming and Water Safety:
- Young Adult/Adult Services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160553

Estimated Size of Grant:

Both the Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant Program and the Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program award up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is seven-nine months, beginning once the check is received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant Program accepts applications from non-profit, 501(c)3 organizations. The Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program grants may be awarded to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Non-profit organizations with a 501(c)3 exempt status that have been in existence for at least one year may apply for the Local Impact Grants. Only organizations in the 50 United States plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands may apply. The non-profit organization must have a federal tax ID number, at least three volunteer or paid staff members and an established infrastructure which includes a physical location and a website.

Not funded:
- Endowment, debt reduction, or fundraising activities
- Administrative salaries, i.e. those not directly working in the program for which you are requesting funding
- Food, apparel or equipment that can be donated in kind
- Rent or financing of buildings

Staff salaries are supported for new or additional staff (or staff hours) who work directly with individuals with autism in the new or expanded program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational conference call will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at 2:00 PM EST.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted online. The Director of Grants is available via email throughout the application process.

- January 4: Application Process opens
- March 1: Final date for Applications
- March 2 – March 25: Review committees meet and make decisions on recommendations
- March 25-April 15: Recommendations are reviewed, and grants approved
- Week of April 15: All applicants notified, and announcements made on social media
- Starting May 1: Funds disbursed upon receipt of contracts
- February 2020: Final Report from recipients due to Autism Speak

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Serena Selkin

Autism Speaks
1 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)