Community Grants

New! The application for the 2014 Family Services Community Grants cycle is now closed

About the Family Services Community Grants

Recognizing that there are multiple needs in the expansive and varied autism community, the focus of Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants is on proposals that serve to build the field of services for individuals with autism and expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community. Organizations interested in submitting an application must address one of the three areas of need. Successful applicants will apply grant funding to support new programs or the expansion of existing projects.

Since 2007, Autism Speaks has awarded close to $3.7 million in Community Grants to 172 organizations across the country.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our Community Grants program.

Please take some time to visit our searchable Community Autism Speaks Grants Database to learn more about grants we have funded!

What We Fund

Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants fund proposals from established organizations, both non-profit and for-profit, that support new or expanded programs for individuals with autism. Organizations interested in submitting an application must address one of the three areas of need:

Education
Recreation/Community Activities
Young Adult/Adult Services

We look for proposals that address the following key elements:

  • Field Building
  • Number of Individuals Served
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Ability to be Replicated by Other Organizations
  • Credibility of the Organization
  • Sustainability/Viability of the Project

In December 2013, Autism Speaks awarded $340,000 to 15 organizations from around the country. Click here to see a full list of last year's recipients.

Family Services Community Grant applications must be submitted electronically using the Autism Speaks Online Grant System.

Autism Speaks does not award grants to individuals or fund an individual or family for participation in personal programs or schools. We encourage individuals to contact local providers and organizations to submit proposals that will meet our stated goals.

Autism Speaks Family Service Community Grants do not fund scientific research projects. For information about science grants funded by Autism Speaks please click here.

Please note that funding for grant recipients is based upon information received at the time of the application. Before engaging with any provider, Autism Speaks urges you to do your own research and request references.

For more information about our Family Services Community Grants program, contact Serena Selkin, Assistant Director, Family Services Grants at sselkin@autismspeaks.org or (917) 475-5059.