Regional Grants

*New! Applications for Chapter, Regional and Neighborhood Grant programs will be announced in early June. Stay tuned!

In 2013, through the Regional Grants program, Autism Speaks distributed grants of up to $5,000 to 21 organizations around the country for a total of close to $100,000. Click here to learn about the recipients!

About the Regional Grants

The focus of our Family Services Regional 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 in the four chapters

Local organizations may apply for a grant of up to $5000 for a one time grant for new programs or the expansion of existing programs. 

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 that 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.

Organization Eligibility

Autism Speaks seeks to directly support the innovative work of autism service providers in the following states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, as well as those in Missouri (outside St. Louis area), Illinois (outside Chicagoland), Florida (Northern and Central), Pennsylvania (Eastern and Central) and New York (outside Long Island).

*Note: Organizations across the country are eligible to apply for one of the Autism Speaks grant programs. Organizations on the west coast in states not listed above can apply to the Sprouts Neighborhood Grants program and those in the areas of the 11 Autism Speaks chapters (Carolinas, Chicagoland, Long Island, National Capital Area, New England, New Jersey, Ohio, Southern California, South Florida, St. Louis and Western Pennsylvania) can apply to the Chapter Grants program.

*For those states split between two types of grants, check out the RFA for your specific county's eligibility. All are welcome!


  • Applications Open: Now
  • Webinars for Potential Applicants: August 12 and September 4
  • Application Deadline: October 21
  • First Tier Review: October 22 - November 8
  • Second Tier Review: November 12 - November 20
  • Final Recommendations sent to Family Services: November 26
  • Board Approval: December 11
  • Applicant Notification: December 13


Regional Grants informational webinars were held on Monday, August 12th and Wednesday, September 4th. 

Click here to view the slides from the presentation.  

For more information about the Autism Speaks Family Services grants programs, please contact Serena Selkin at