Autism Speaks Grants for Service Providers

Autism Speaks funds programs that provide people with autism with social and educational experiences through our Local Impact Grant and Norma and Malcom Baker Recreation Grant programs. 

Baker Grant applications open in September for applicants, and funding is awarded the following December. For more information, download the Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreational Grant Applicant Guidebook or email grants@autismspeaks.org

Our 2021 Baker Grants will open to applications on September 7, 2021.

Local Impact Grant applications typically open in July for applicants, and funding is awarded the following April. For more information and instructions on applying, download the Local Impact Grant Applicant Guidebook or email grants@autismspeaks.org.

Our 2021 Local Impact Grants are open to applications until September 15, 2021. Click here to apply.

TIMELINE: 

  • September 7th: Application process opens 

  • October 22nd: Final date for applications  

  • October 26th – November 9th: Review committees meet and make decisions on recommendations  

  • November 10th: Recommendations are reviewed and grants approved  

  • November 22nd: All applicants notified, and announcements made on social media   

  • Starting January 15th: Funds disbursed upon receipt of contracts  

  • End December 2022: Final Report from recipients due to Autism Speaks 

Read more about our 2021 Baker Grant recipients.

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Autism Speaks Baker Grants support programs demonstrating the ability to:

  • Reach a wide age range of individuals on the spectrum
  • Have true, measurable impact on the lives of those who participate and their loved ones
  • Grow and replicate best practices with other partners in their community, state or region within the following categories of service delivery:
    • Adult Services – recreation/respite specifically for adults focusing on life, health and community  
    • Employment – finding and maintaining meaningful employment with skills to succeed in the workplace
    • Physical Fitness and Sports – athletics and team sports, health and wellness programs
    • Summer Camps – day/overnight programs offering therapeutic activities, sports, arts and technology
    • Swimming and Water Safety – swimming and water safety specifically for individuals with autism  

Autism Speaks Local Impact Grants support programs demonstrating the ability to:

  • Reach a wide age range of individuals on the spectrum
  • Have true, measurable impact on the lives of those who participate and their loved ones
  • Grow and replicate best practices with other partners in their community, state or region within the following categories of service delivery:
    • Education and training
    • Animal therapy
    • Culture
    • Health and fitness
    • Social skills
    • Summer camp scholarships
    • Swimming and water safety
    • Young adult/adult services

For any questions, please email grants@autismspeaks.org.

Are you interested in learning about the programs Autism Speaks has already funded?

Visit the Autism Speaks Grants Database to search by category, state, or year!

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