Autism grants in the United States
Autism is an expensive condition all around. The following are various grants available for families and individuals residing in the United States. Clicking on the name of the grant-giving organization will take you to the designated website. If you know of other grant-giving organizations in the U.S. or elsewhere, please email us with the details here. For larger institutional/research grants, please click here. For grants outside of the U.S., please click here.
Autism Support Network does not endorse or validate the listings hereunder, which are presented for informational purposes only. Individuals should contact the respective organizations directly with any questions.
ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential.
Download the Grant Application
To download the ACT Today! Grant Application, please click here.
Many children with Asperger’s Syndrome could benefit greatly from services and programs which can incur significant financial expense for the average family. AANE has the pleasure of providing easy access to financial assistance for families WHO LIVE IN NEW ENGLAND and need a little help paying for these services.
The Phillips Foundation:
+Families living in Plymouth County only
+Grants between $50 and $1000
+No income cut-offs, but intended for low to moderate income households
For more information or to obtain applications, visit www.aane.org or call 617-393-3824 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 617-393-3824 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 617-393-3824 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. 85 Main St., Suite 101, Watertown, MA 02472.
Families living in Wisconsin may apply for up to $500 per year in support of medical treatments for their child with an autism spectrum disorder. Funds from the grant go directly to the medical provider (and not to the family).
Grants will be given on a quarterly basis and will be issued in the months of March, June, September and December; once your application is reviewed, you will be contacted regarding the grant status.
Grants will only be accepted:
Jan. 1st to Feb. 1st 1st quarter (Jan, Feb, March)
Apr. 1st to May 1st 2nd quarter (April, May, June)
July 1st to Aug. 1st 3rd quarter (July, Aug, Sept)
Oct. 1st to Nov. 1st 4th quarter (Oct, Nov, Dec)
Autism Cares helps families affected by autism to cover costs associated with critical living expenses such as; housing, utilities, car repair, daycare, funeral expenses, and other essential items on a case-by-case basis.
Families must complete an online application and identify vendor(s) to be covered by the award. Support awards cannot exceed a total of $1,500 per family.
Eligible families have a child (children) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, an income of $65,000 or less, and experienced one or more qualifying events in the previous 90 days. Qualifying events are:
+Natural disaster: fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, severe storm or earthquake
+Death or critical illness in the nuclear family
+Victim of a violent crime
+Loss of home through foreclosure, eviction or natural disaster
+Termination of employment for the primary income-earner within previous 90 days.
The divorce rate within the autism community has been creeping up for quite some time. With the explosion in autism cases comes many more challenges with couples in our community. Family First was launched to provide couples within our community a way to access counseling.
The four goals of the Family First Program are to:
1. Provide couples with access to counseling
2. Provide couples with financial aid for counseling
3. Raise awareness about the divorce rates within our community and around the country
4. Provide a solid support system for all autism couples
By focusing on these four objectives, our primary goal is to keep autism families together, which will open the door to a slew of other benefits for families including two-person income potential, less stress on just one parent, more time dedicated to therapy and treatments for the child, and the list goes on.
Maximum amount we can award per couple is a one-time grant of $500.
The Autism Grant is a tuition scholarship for financially disadvantaged children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Early diagnosis and treatment, between the ages of 2 to 5, is crucial to making a long-term impact on a child’s ability to achieve his or her full potential.
The Autism Grant provides full or partial tuition scholarships to the Dominion School for Autism located in Richmond, Virginia. The Dominion School for Autism is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Autism Grant accepts all sizes of donations to help children in need.
The Autism Help Network offers grants and scholarships to families who are experiencing financial difficulty in obtaining schooling, therapy, medical and biomedical treatment. Our grants are funded by our sponsors and are offered on a quarterly basis.
Scholarships: The Autism Help Network Scholarship Program is for helping families obtain autism specific schooling, extended school year programs, or private schools developing autism programs; grants are up to $1,000 to provide therapy and non-experimental biomedical treatments to children who have autism.
These grants are given on a once a year basis. The deadline for applications is July 1st of each year in order to be granted in time for the upcoming school year in September. The typical turn around time from application to decision is 45 days.
Restrictions: The child must have a diagnosis of ASD and be of school age. Reason for seeking private schooling must be explained and income qualification is less than $45,000 per year for the entire household.
Financial Grants: The Autism Help Network works to provide families with grants for various purposes, such as Therapy costs, Medical treatments, and Bio-Medical treatments. These grants are provided by the fundraising efforts of AHN and a partial contribution from the advertising dollars from the Autism Globe magazine.
Grant applications are accepted year round with no deadline. You can download the application by clicking the link at the top of this page. Grants are funded quarterly throughout the year and are determined by the funding available.
Restrictions: Proof of ASD diagnosis from medical professional. Income level under $55,000 per year for entire household. Other restrictions may apply.
ASCONN provides a grant program for families and persons with autism spectrum disorders.
Grants will be accepted for up to $1,000 per grant for parents, family members, persons with autism or anyone working with persons on the autism spectrum.
Funds must be used to purchase items or services that directly relate to the safety and security of persons with autism or their families within Connecticut.
Download the grant application, or email us or call 888-453-4975 to be sent an application.
This organization uses donor funds to provide financial assistance, support, guidance, recreational activities and educational training to families and friends of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder living in the state of Vermont.
Grants total no more than $400 per family.
Let’s ALL Play
Funding Limit: $10,000/yr
Project Period: up to 12 months
Let’s ALL Play is the National Inclusion Project’s nationally-recognized signature program. As such, it is the Project’s top priority.
Let’s ALL Play is the National Inclusion Project’s program model for recreational programs that are currently serving children with disabilities and wish to do it better or programs seeking to open doors currently shut to children with disabilities in their community. Let’s ALL Play includes successful modifications, inclusive games, and other information to successfully run a program of inclusion.
The National Inclusion Project looks to partner with programs which are looking to do the following:
Implement Let’s ALL Play.
Utilize the National Inclusion Project’s training module to increase their staff’s capability to serve children with disabilities successfully in an inclusive setting.
Provide scholarships for children with disabilities who otherwise could not participate due to financial need.
Partners will be eligible for funding for a maximum of three years but any partner award will be given on a year-by-year basis. A new proposal will be required each year.
The window of inquiry will reopen in March 2016!
Financial Assistance for Child Participation in Approved Inclusive Programs
If you are a service provider, please do not apply under this priority. It is solely for individual families.
Funding Limit: $1,000/yr
Project Period: up to 12 months
Financial assistance for a child to participate in approved inclusive programs. Any funding dispensed will be given to the approved program or organization. Families with a combined household income of less than $75,000 are eligible to apply. Upon submission, a National Inclusion Project representative will contact the desired program to determine if the program will successfully include the child in order to designate them as an approved program.
Recipients will be eligible for support for a maximum of two years. A proposal will be required each year.
The process for this priority is on-going and does not fit into the timelines listed above. Please email Aron Hall to request a proposal form.
Inclusive Programs aimed at the Development of Best Practices Protocols and Strategies
Funding Limit: Will vary depending on program
Project Period: time of the program
Funding for inclusive programs that are aimed at the development and dissemination of best practices protocols and strategies. Programs should reach children, families, professionals and/or volunteers who are working currently or who are looking to move into inclusive settings in either educational or recreational fields. Please note that that the National Inclusion Project views that its expertise and involvement in such programs would be the request. Supportive funding may be possible if the desired goals and outcomes of the program advances the mission of the National Inclusion Project.
Please contact Aron Hall, Director of Programs, to arrange a time to speak about your program.
The mission of DJF is to award grants to programs that benefit adolescents and adults with Autism. Each year, the DJF Board of Trustees receives proposals from organizations throughout the United States and abroad seeking grant support for programs benefiting adolescents and adults that may involve vocational, educational, residential, recreational or family related endeavors. In each calendar year, the DJF Board of Trustees will determine, at their sole discretion, the number, dollar amount and type (s) of grants to be awarded. Generally, these decisions are based on the quality of the proposals received and the feasibility of implementation by the prospective grantees.
Additional factors considered include the potential for program replication in other communities and the originality of the proposed program. Importantly, however, the determination is not limited to any of the factors stated above.
The Doug Flutie Foundation makes grants to IRS approved 501 c (3) organizations and qualified schools and organizations that support families living with autism. The foundation gives only in New England, New York, New Jersey, parts of Canada and California.
The average grant size will be in the $10,000-$20,000 range. Please do not request more than $20,000. Requests for endowments or multi-year grants will not be accepted, and grant recipients must re-apply each year.
866-3AUTISM or 508-270-1855, Framingham, MA. www.dougflutiejrfoundation.org
Easter Seals provides in home services and supports for adults who have severe physical or cognitive impairments. Adults with autism are eligible for services, including companionship/respite, homemaker/housekeeping, therapy, health services and personal care. In home care services that preserve dignity and self-esteem as well as promote increased independence are offered. Services provided include bathing, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, light housekeeping, transportation and shopping. View the Easter Seals directory to locate a provider.
The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program provides eligible special education students with the opportunity to attend private schools or public schools other than the one they would normally be required to attend. To qualify, students’ parents must be current residents of Georgia who have resided in the state for at least one calendar year, and students must have an IEP and have attended a Georgia K-12 public school the prior school year. Students who have autism are eligible to participate in the scholarship program.
The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary biomedical treatments, supplements and therapy services for their autistic child. Do not apply for this grant if you are seeking funds for respite care, fencing, trampolines, swingsets, trips to Disney World, etc. Your child must meet all three basic criteria to apply:
1. Birth to age 18
2. Reside in the United States of America.
3. Diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
All grants awarded are paid directly to the vendor or service provider to pay for tuition, supplements/medication, medical evaluation or testing, therapies, etc. The maximum amount we can award per child is a one-time grant of $1,500.
Through our Quality of Life Grant program, families that care for children and adults with autism and other special needs may receive funding to offset their enormous financial burdens. These grants provide families with stipends that may be used for a wide variety of supports related to their family member.
In order for an application to be considered for a Quality of Life Grant, an applicant must:
+Have an individual with a diagnosed developmental disorder or disability living at home.
+Have a family income of less than $30,000 per year (see below).
+Live in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States (i.e., Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York only).
The $500 grants can be used for anything that improves the family’s quality of life, including therapy, medical treatment and travel, respite care, educational advocacy services, training fees and security improvements.
The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This “support” is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Medical grants are up to $5,000 and can vary in size.
Persons having or directly supporting a person with an ASD will be eligible for grant consideration. Shawano County residents will be given first considerations for available funds. Funding left over will be allotted to individuals residing in other counties in Wisconsin, must be a Wisconsin resident. Grants will be given out on a quarterly basis and will be issued in the months of March, June, September and December.
The Canyon Rice Hope Scholarship
The Canyon Rice Hope Scholarship provides grants to children with autism and other developmental disabilities for therapeutic tools, camp fees and other expenses not covered by insurance. Grants are usually in the $100-$250 range in order to benefit as many people as possible. The grant is a program of Gateway Services in Franklin, IN. For more information, contact JENNY_L_RICE@YAHOO.COM.