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Family Services Community Grants

Sponsored by Autism Speaks
Web Site:
Contact:Serena Selkin, Family Services Grants Manager
Autism Speaks
1 E. 33rd St. 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10016

(Note: Autism Speaks also has offices in Los Angeles and Princeton, New Jersey, with addresses available on the website.)

Phone: 917.475.5059 (Serena Selkin)
Email: (For questions)
Description:Autism Speaks awards Family Services Community Grants to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations to support programs in the areas of education, recreation/community activities, and young adult/adult services. Special consideration is given to programs that address underserved communities. Programs must be intended for children, youth, or adults with autism spectrum disorders and not to address needs related to other disabilities. Public school districts are eligible to apply for a grant provided the funding request is for a program that would not normally be covered by Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

To qualify for a grant, an organization must be established and in good standing with at least one year of audited financial statements, a federal tax ID number, multiple staff members, and an established infrastructure. Autism Speaks will not fund startup of a new organization but will support a new program within an existing organization. Autism Speaks does not fund equipment, infrastructure support, or current staffing. It will support a new hire to run a specific program or in cases of staff going beyond normal working hours to provide services.

Within the area of education, Autism Speaks looks for programs designed to provide some or all of the following: build the field and scope of educators and other professionals who support individuals with autism through continuing education and training; offer consultation and hands-on training to improve educational programs for individuals with autism; increase the capacity of service providers; and train professionals and paraprofessionals to interact more effectively with individuals with autism.

In the area of recreation/community activities, the focus is social-skills training that provides peer modeling and inclusion with age-matched, typically developing peers; social learning; social relatedness; social awareness; social communication; and recreation and athletic programs for individuals with autism younger than age 13.

Programs targeting young adult/adult services should address prevocational and vocational training, transition planning, residential services, recreation programs specifically for adults, life/community integration skills, and health/safety needs.

The application process requires an initial Letter of Intent (LOI), which must be submitted via the online grant system. A link on the grants page initiates the LOI process. If an LOI is accepted, applicants may submit a full proposal. Information on the proposal content is available on the website. All grant applicants will be notified by the end of September via email.

Note that each grant request must be in only one area: education, recreation/community activities, or young adult/adult services. An organization may apply for a grant related to each area but must submit a separate LOI for each.
Eligibility:Charter, Private, Public, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000, awarded on a one-time basis.
Deadline(s):Letters of Intent were due March 28, 2014, and completed proposals were due April 28, 2014. A similar deadline is anticipated in 2015. Please check back for updates.
Focus:Professional Development, Recreation, Special Needs
Grade Level(s):Adult, 9-12, PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8
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