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Autism Speaks Local Impact Grants

*NEW*! Local Impact Grant recipients for Spring 2018 have been announced! Congratulations to the organizations listed below:

Adelante Development Center - Albuquerque, NM 
Adelphi University- Bridges to Adelphi Program - Garden City, NY
All About Autism, Inc. - Overland Park,KS
Auburn University - Auburn, AL
Autism After 21 -Boca Raton, FL
Autism Housing Pathways, Inc. - Winchester, MA
Autism Society of the Bluegrass- Lexington, KY
Behavioral Health & Developmental Services of Strafford County, Inc.- Dover, NH
Bittersweet Farms - Whitehouse, OH
Blue Star Recyclers - Colorado Springs, CO
Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield - Stoneham, MA
Bridge the Gap INC - Shawano, WI
Bridgeway Academy - Columbus, OH
Burgettstown Area School District - Burgettstown, PA
Camp High Hopes - Sioux City, IA
Center For Enriched Living - Riverwoods, IL
Common Ground Center - Starksboro, VT
Community Partners FBO Circle of Friends:  A Path to Inclusion - Los Angeles, CA
Cornerstone Program at Purchase College - Purchase, NY
D3 Sports and Recreation, Inc. - Bronx, NY
Danville Science Center, Inc. - Danville, VA
DeKalb Community Service Board - Decatur, GA
Discovery World, Ltd. - Milwaukee, WI
Drayton Hall Elementary PTO - Charleston, SC
Easter Seals Nevada - Las Vegas, NV
Easter Seals North Texas - Fort Worth, TX
Eden II/Genesis Programs - East Meadow, NY
Elsa inc. - Calabasas, CA
Envision Unlimited - Chicago, IL
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Erik's Ranch Inc. - Edina, MN
Erin's Hope for Friends - Alpharetta, GA
Extra Special People, Inc. - Watkinsville, GA
Fairless Local - Navarre, OH
Faith & Hope Community Church - Los Angeles, CA
FAU CARD - Boca Raton, FL
First Stage - Milwaukee, WI
FOCUS Center for Autism - Canton, CT
Food for Good Thought - Columbus, OH
Foothill Autism Alliance, Inc. - Glendale, CA
Friends of Autistic People - Greenwich, CT
Greater Green Bay YMCA - Green Bay, WI
Habilitation Center for the Handicapped, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Hope Institute for Children and Families - Springfield, IL
Houston Ballet Foundation - Houston, TX
Jersey City Public Schools - Jersey City, NJ
JFK Partners, University of Colorado School of Medicine - Aurora, CO
Jubilee Association of Maryland - Kensington, MD
Lakeland Hills YMCA - Mountain Lakes, NJ
Lakemary Center - Paola, KS
Latin Ballet of Virginia - Richmond, VA
Legal Aid Service of Broward, Inc. - Plantation, FL
MacDonald Training Center - Tampa, FL
Make It Work - Charlotte, NC
Make Studio Art Program, Inc. - Baltimore, MD
MDE School of East Cobb - Marietta, GA
MedWish International - Cleveland, OH
Melmark New England - Andover, MA
Miami Children's Museum - Miami, FL
Milwaukee Ballet - Milwaukee, WI
Minnesota Life College - Richfield, MN
Miriam Foundation - Saint Louis, MO
Nassau Suffolk Services for the Autistic, Inc. - Commack, NY
NFP Nexus. Inc. - New York, NY
NHS Human Services Foundation - Lafayette Hill, PA
Oak Hill - Hartford, CT
Paper Mill Playhouse - Millburn, NJ
RISE for Autism - Severna Park, MD
Services to Enhance Potential - Westland, MI
Sociedad de Educacion y Rehabilitacion (SER) de Puerto Rico, Inc. - San Juan, PR
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium - West Palm Beach, FL
Spaulding Youth Center - Northfield, NH
Special Reach - San Antonio, TX
Spectrum Designs Foundation - Port Washington, NY
Spectrum360 - Verona, NJ
St. Louis Arc - St. Louis, MO
Stepping Stone Growth Center - San Leandro, CA
Taking Action for Special Kids - North Tazewell, VA
The Children's Institute - Pittsburgh, PA
The Community School - Decatur, GA
The Exceptional Foundation of Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
The Experiential School of Greensboro - Greensboro, NC
The Family Center for Autism - Garden City, NY
The Hitching Post Educational Center - Chesapeake, VA
The Lettuce Work Foundation, Inc. - New Albany, OH
The National Children's Center - Silver Spring, MD
The New Children's Museum - San Diego, CA
The Ohio State University Foundation - Columbus, OH
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation - Naperville, IL
University of Massachusetts Foundation - Boston, MA
University of North Texas Health Science Center - Fort Worth, TX
University of Wyoming, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities - Laramie, WY
Virginia Tech Autism Clinic - Blacksburg, VA
Wesley Family Services - Pittsburgh, PA
Xiaoyaya Autism Initiative - Manchester, MO
YMCA of Greater Richmond - Richmond, VA
Young Profs Exploration Camp at Rowan University - Glassboro, NJ

About the Autism Speaks Local Grant Program

Since 2013 the Autism Speaks Local Grant Program has awarded over $2.5 million to 476 organizations across the country and served tens of thousands of people with autism, their caregivers and families, teachers, therapists and neurotypical peers.

The Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant Program accepts applications from non-profit, 501(c)3 organizations for grant awards up to $5,000.  

The focus of the Autism Speaks Local Impact Grants is three-fold: 

  • to promote local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders
  • to expand the capacity to effectively serve the ASD community
  • to increase the field of national service providers 

Autism Speaks places a significant emphasis on the product or deliverable of each proposal to benefit the autism community beyond those participating in the program. Deliverables include videos, manuals and curricula that may 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 levels of need. Careful consideration will also be given to applications that specifically address the needs of underserved communities; which can include rural towns, non-English speaking populations, and other vulnerable groups.

For more information about the Autism Speaks Family Services grants programs, please contact Serena Selkin at