Autism Speaks announces 2021 Local Impact Grant recipients

54 organizations across 28 states will receive grant funding

February 1, 2022
Autism Speaks announces 2021 Local Impact Grant recipients

Autism Speaks is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Local Impact Grants. Our Local Impact Grants fund non-profit programs that provide autistic people with social and educational experiences, enhancing their lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

Grant recipients were chosen based on their ability to deliver a product or program that benefits the broader autism community beyond their local area. In addition, Autism Speaks prioritized programs that provide opportunities for people with varying levels of need and those in underserved communities.

All applicants were evaluated by a volunteer, location-based review committee consisting of people with autism, parents of autistics, educators, clinicians and other members of the autism community. The grant awardees were then chosen from the pool of top-rated finalists by the Autism Speaks leadership team.

This year, 54 organizations across 28 states will receive grant funding. Programs will serve an estimated 20,000 people with autism across the lifespan in the categories of education, recreation/community activities, young adult/adult services, sensory equipment/supportive technology and summer camp scholarships.

Thank you to our grant winners and every organization that submitted an application for this year’s Local Impact Grants. We appreciate your dedication to serve our community and look forward to seeing your programs come to life in the months ahead.

Autism Speaks 2021 Grant Recipients:

Autism Community Network

San Antonio

TX

Equine Rehabilitation Central Texas (also encompasses "Hearts Therapuetic Riding")

Leander

TX

Long Island Children's Museum

Garden City

NY

Integrate Autism Employment Advisors Inc.

New York

NY

Nassau Suffolk Services for the Autistic, Inc.

Commack

NY

Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy, Inc. dba Happiness House

Geneva

NY

Rising Above Bakery

Chestnut Ridge

NY

FOCUS Center for Autism

Canton

CT

Extraspecial Teas

Great Barrington

MA

The Groden Center

Providence

RI

YMCA of Greater Nashua

Nashua

NH

PHILLIPS Programs

Annandale

VA

Associates for Renewal in Education inc

Washington

DC

Make Studio Art Program, Inc.

Baltimore

MD

Portage Township Trustee

Portage

IN

Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc. (DBA Thorncroft Equestrian Center)

Malvern

PA

Autism Model Community School

Toledo

OH

Food for Good Thought

Columbus

OH

Special Equestrians

Warrington

PA

Art Therapy Studio

Cleveland

OH

Team GUTS

Beverly Hills

MI

Catholic Charities Bureau

Jacksonville

FL

Equine Assisted Therapies of South Florida

Coconut Creek

FL

JAFCO Children's Ability Center

Sunrise

FL

Portage Township Trustee

Portage

IN

Mercy Health Foundation St. Louis

Saint Louis

MO

Heartspring, Inc.

Wichita

KS

PAI

White Bear Lake

MN

Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis

St. Louis

MO

River Valley Riders

Woodbury

MN

Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Inc. (ESMC)

Chicago

IL

Special Gifts Theatre

Northbrook

IL

First Stage

Milwaukee

WI

Keshet

Northbook

IL

New Horizons In Autism, Inc.

Freehold

NJ

Spectrum360

Verona

NJ

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania

Princeton

NJ

Mainspring Academy

Jacksonville

FL

Sea Turtle Adventures, Inc.

West Palm Beach

FL

Quest Inc.

orlando

FL

The Warren Center INc

Richardson

TX

Montrose Memorial Hospital

Montrose

CO

Autism Society of Southern Arizona

Tucson

AZ

The Center for Learning Unlimited

Torrance

CA

EEK Fitness, Inc.

Hemet

CA

United States Adaptive Recreation Center

Big Bear Lake

CA

Dignity Group

Ontario

CA

Designated Exceptional Services for Independence (D.E.S.I.)

East Los Angeles

CA

GHA Autism Supports

Albemarle

NC

Spectrum Autism Support Group,  Inc.

Suwanee

GA

Nashville Dolphins

Nashville

TN

Anderson School District Five Educational Foundation

Anderson

SC

Autism Family Support of Rural Clackamas County (DBA Seeds of Peace)

Damascus

OR

 

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