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Autism Speaks Local Grant Program

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Autism Speaks


    The focus of the Autism Speaks Family Services Local Grants is three-fold:

    • to promote local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism
    • to expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community
    • to increase the field of service providers across the country

    Autism Speaks places a significant focus on the end product or deliverable of each proposal that will benefit the autism community beyond those participating in the program. Deliverables include videos, manuals and curricula will 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 functioning levels. Careful consideration will also be given to proposals that specifically address the needs of underserved communities.


    History of Funding

    Since 2013 the Autism Speaks Local Grant Program has awarded over $3 million to 536 organizations across the country and served tens of thousands of people with autism, their caregivers and families, teachers, therapists and neurotypical peers.

    Additional Information

    Grants are divided into Chapter, Regional and Neighborhood Grants depending on the location of the service providers. Service providers across the United States are eligible to apply for the local programs and applications will be sorted internally depending on location.

    Funding can be used to support a new program at an existing organization; or the expansion of an existing program. Austism Speaks can also fund the purchase of certain equipment and supportive technology. They DO NOT fund the following items:

    • 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


    Joan L. New

    Joan L. New
    1 East 33rd Street 4th Floor
    New York, NY 10016
    (609) 228-7313
    (212) 252-8676

  • Eligibility Details

    The Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant Program accepts applications from non-profit, 501(c)3 organizations.

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to apply was March 1, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    Applicants may apply for funding up to $5,000 for projects lasting between seven and nine months. Previous year's applicants are eligible to re-apply so long as they are proposing support for a different program than what was supported the previous year.

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