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Local Grants

New! July 18, 2016 - The 2016 Autism Speaks Local Grant application is now open! Click here to apply!

Through the Autism Speaks Local Grant program, local organizations may apply for funding of up to $5,000.

For more information, view answers to frequently asked questions here.

Note: Individuals may not apply. Applications will ONLY be accepted online. After reading through the Frequently Asked Questions above, click here to apply!

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar about the Local Grants program will be held on Monday, July 25 at 1 pm EST.

To participate, please click on this link and call the phone number below to join the meeting:

Join by Phone
Toll number: +1 (929) 344-5931
Conference ID: 1800059 

Skype Link

Please note, you will have to install the free Skype app on your computer, tablet or smartphone. There will be screen sharing and audio during the webinar.

About the Local Grants

The focus of the Autism Speaks Family Services Local 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 across the country

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 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.

Grant Timeline

  • July 18-September 23: Application open 
  • September 26-November 4: Review process
  • November 17: Family Services Committee approval 
  • Early December: All applicants notified of decisions 
  • Early January 2017: Funds begin to be distributed

Grants We Have Funded

In 2016, Autism Speaks awarded more than $540,000 to 116 local organizations through its Chapter, Neighborhood and Regional Grant programs. 

  • Chapter Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 62 organizations located in the areas of the 12 Autism Speaks chapters (Carolinas, Chicagoland, Long Island, National Capital Area, New England, New Jersey, Ohio, South Florida, Southern California*, St. Louis, Texas and Western Pennsylvania) for a total of over $257,000.
  • Regional Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 16 organizations across the country for a total of over $77,000. The grants were distributed throughout the four regions around the country (Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, West).
  • Neighborhood Grants, funded by Sprouts Farmers Market, were awarded to 38 organizations in 9 states for a total of over $208,000. Neighborhood Grants are available in Alabama, Arizona, California (*this includes the Southern California Chapter Grants), Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. 

In 2014, Autism Speaks awarded more than $620,000 to 128 local organizations through its Chapter, Neighborhood and Regional Grant programs. 

  • Chapter Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 55 organizations located in the areas of the 11 Autism Speaks chapters (Carolinas, Chicagoland, Long Island, National Capital Area, New England, New Jersey, Ohio, South Florida, Southern California*, St. Louis and Western Pennsylvania) for a total of over $250,000.
  • Regional Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 21 organizations across the country for a total of close to $100,000. The grants were distributed throughout the four regions around the country (Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, West).
  • Neighborhood Grants of up to $5,000, funded by Sprouts Farmers Market, were awarded to 52 organizations in 8 states for a total of over $271,000. Neighborhood Grants are available in Arizona, California (*this includes the Southern California Chapter Grants), Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. 

In 2013, Autism Speaks awarded more than $700,000 to 141 local organizations through its Chapter, Neighborhood and Regional Grant programs. 

  • Chapter Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 54 organizations located in the areas of the 11 Autism Speaks chapters (Carolinas, Chicagoland, Long Island, National Capital Area, New England, New Jersey, Ohio, South Florida, Southern California*, St. Louis and Western Pennsylvania) for a total of close to $250,000.
  • Regional Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 21 organizations across the country for a total of close to $100,000. The grants were distributed throughout the four regions around the country (Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, West).
  • Neighborhood Grants of up to $5,000, funded by Sprouts Farmers Market, were awarded to 66 organizations in 8 states for a total of over $340,000. Neighborhood Grants are available in Arizona, California (*this includes the Southern California Chapter Grants), Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. 

In 2012, Autism Speaks awarded $100,000 to 20 locations in the four original Autism Speaks chapters (Chicagoland, Southern California, South Florida and St. Louis. Click here to a view a list of recipients!

For more information about the Autism Speaks Family Services grants programs, please contact Serena Selkin at sselkin@autismspeaks.org.