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Family Services Grants

Visit the Autism Speaks Grants Database to learn about all of the programs we have funded!

Autism Speaks funds programs that provide people with autism with social and educational experiences.

Under the umbrella of the Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Programs, Autism Speaks will identify and support innovative community programs to provide more people with autism of all ages with the opportunity to participate.

NXT GEN Coders Program powered by GameStop

GameStop gives logoIn an effort to encourage the development of programs that teach digital skills to people across the autism spectrum, Autism Speaks and GameStop have teamed up to create the NXT GEN Coders Program. Powered by GameStop and administered by Autism Speaks, the grant will support programs to teach people with autism of all ages critical coding and computer programming skills. Applicants must be established organizations that offer coding and/or computer programming. Grant funding may go towards scholarship assistance for program participation to those in financial need and/or program enhancements to meet the needs of the participants with autism.

Requirements to apply are the following:

  1. You must be an established organization, with staff, infrastructure and a physical location that offers coding and/or computer programming.
  2. You must have trained staff leading the program, or have a specific plan to acquire and/or train additional staff to work with participants with autism.
  3. You must have a plan in place for sustainability of your program as well as follow up with graduates of your program.

Status: Open until August 31! APPLY HERE!

Note: Recipients will be announced in November.

Service Provider Grants

Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Grants

Thanks to the generosity of the Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Programs, the Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Grants program accepts applications from service providers around the country for awards of up to $5,000. Organizations may apply for program funding in the following areas:

-Adult Services


-Physical Fitness and Sports

-Summer Camps

-Swimming and Water Safety

StatusOpen until August 31! APPLY HERE!

Note: Recipients will be announced in November.

Family Grants

Autism Speaks Cares provides support for families affected by autism during natural disasters and other catastrophic life events. The program helps families to cover costs (between $250-$1,000) associated with critical expenses related to the well-being of the family member with autism on a case-by-case basis. 

Families must first speak with a representative from the Autism Response Team and then complete an online application to determine final eligibility.

Generous support for this program has been provided by the Lisa Higgins-Hussman Foundation.

Status: Open, awarded on an as-needed basis.

For more information about Autism Speaks Family Services Grants programs, contact Serena Selkin, Director, Family Services Grants at