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Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund

PLEASE NOTE: Our application for organizations is currently closed. Individuals seeking assistance for family members may reach out to the Autism Response Team at 1-888-288-4762 or email to learn about resources in your area.


Check out the swimming programs that have been funded in your area here!

The Autism Speaks Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund selects eligible organizations and programs to identify qualified financially disadvantaged individuals with autism and offer scholarship funds for swimming and water safety lessons.

Organizations that provide qualified swimming and water safety lessons specifically for individuals with autism are encouraged to apply for scholarship funding. Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis, and up to $2,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded to organizations on a quarterly basis. Organizations may be granted up to four quarters, depending on how often the swimming and water safety program runs.

Important Note: Individuals on the autism spectrum and their families may not apply for the program. However, Autism Speaks encourages families to contact local organizations providing swimming lessons and ask them to submit an application. Programs should have a successful history of supporting individuals with autism and providing services to financially disadvantaged children and adults on the autism spectrum.

The video below shows some of the swimmers who have benefited from Autism Speaks scholarships!

For more information about the Swimming and Water Safety Scholarship Fund, contact Serena Selkin at