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 $3.3 million in Community Grants to 157 organizations across the country.
Note: The application cycle for 2013 Community Grants is now closed. For those whose LOI's have been approved and are working on proposals, please refer to the RFA here.
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our Community Grants program.
In December 2012, Autism Speaks awarded $350,000 to 16 organizations from around the country. Click here to see a full list of last year's recipients.
Please take some time to visit our brand new searchable Family Services Community Grants Database.
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:
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
Family Services Community Grant applications must be submitted electronically using the Autism Speaks Online Grant System.