Autism Speaks awards $115,000 in grants to 23 organizations serving the autism community

Over 4,000 people across 13 states will be benefit

January 29, 2024
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Autism Speaks is proud to announce its 2023 Local Impact Grant recipients. These grants fund nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that provide autistic people with social and educational experiences, enhancing their lives today and accelerating a spectrum of solutions.

A combined $115,000 is being distributed to 23 organizations from 13 states to expand their services which is expected to impact an over 4,000 people in the autism community. Their programs will provide education and training, recreation, athletic and community services, young adult and adult services, assistance with sensory equipment and supportive technology and summer camp scholarships.

This grant cycle opened September 5, 2023, and closed October 6, 2023. Grant recipients were chosen based on their ability to deliver a product or program that benefits the broader autism community. In addition, Autism Speaks prioritized programs that provide opportunities for people with varying levels of need and those in underserved communities.

All proposals were evaluated by volunteer, location-based reviewers consisting of people with autism, parents of autistics, educators, clinicians, and other members of the autism community. Top scoring applicants from each of our twelve regions, across the United States were then chosen from the pool of finalists and approved for funding by the Autism Speaks leadership team.

Since 2013, Autism Speaks has awarded over $4 million in Local Impact Grants to more than 500 organizations across the country serving tens of thousands of autistic people, their caregivers and families, teachers, therapists, and peers. 

A list of this year's recipients is below. Click here to see past recipients and other grants and awards in Science (worldwide) and Services & Support (US and Canada) including Tablets and Autism Speaks Cares.

Autism Speaks 2023 Local Impact Grant Recipients

The CORE Project, Inc.   Mobile  AL 
Neurodiversity Education Research Venter   Phoenix  AZ
Spec Labs, Inc   Sherman Oaks  CA
Social Sabby Sponsorships Inc   Meriden  CT
Bright Beginnings Inc   Washington  DC 
Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center   Lakeland  FL 
Nobis Works, Inc. d/b/a Tommy Nobis Center   Marietta  GA
That Kid Place   Carlock  IL 
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago   Chicago  IL 
Melwood Horticultural Training Center, Inc   Upper Marlboro  MD
Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding center   Columbia  MO
Thompson Foundation of Autism & Neurodevelopment   Columbia  MO 
Farmsteads of New England   Hillsborough  NH
Jewish Community Center of Metro West Inc   West Orange  NJ
Frost Valley YMCA   Claryville  NY
University Settlement   New York  NY
Good Works Farm   Waynesville  OH
Camp Orchard Hill Inc   Dallas  PA 
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy   Pittsburgh  PA 
The University of Texas Foundation   Austin  TX
The Center for Pursuit   Houston  TX
nonpareil Institute   Plano  TX
Wyo Hoofbeats, EAL   Cody  WY

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