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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 is pleased to offer a robust pipeline of experiences for people with autism throughout the lifespan. We acknowledge the support of the Malcolm and Norma Recreation Programs in these initiatives.

NXT GEN Coders Program powered by GameStop - stay tuned!

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. Later in 2018, a request for application process will be launched. 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.

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Service Provider Grants

Autism Speaks Local Impact Grants

The Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant program accepts grant applications from service providers around the country for awards of up to $5,000 addressing the areas of education/training, recreation and community activities, summer camp scholarships, young adult/adult services and technology.

Status: Spring 2018 recipients just announced! Click on link above to see the list.

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