Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund

The Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund selects eligible organizations and programs to identify qualified financially disadvantaged individuals with autism and offer scholarship funds for swimming and water safety lessons.

Organizations that provide qualified swimming and water safety lessons specifically for individuals with autism are encouraged to apply for scholarship funding. Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis, and up to $2,500 in scholarship funds will be awarded to organizations on a quarterly basis. Organizations may be granted up to four quarters, depending on how often the swimming and water safety program runs.

Important Note: Individuals on the autism spectrum and their families may not apply for the program. However, Autism Speaks encourages families to contact local organizations providing swimming lessons and ask them to submit an application. Programs should have a successful history of supporting individuals with autism and providing services to financially disadvantaged children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Click here to view a copy of the application and click here to apply for funding online* from the Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund!

Funding is given out on a quarterly basis so to be considered for each quarter, please have your applications in by May 21st, August 13th and November 12th.

*Note: Applications must be filled out online. You will need to create an account within the Autism Speaks Grants system to apply.

For more information about the Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund, contact Serena Selkin at sselkin@autismspeaks.org.