The 2018 Grant Cycle will open July 2018

The 2018 Grant Cycle will open in July 2018. Guidelines and requirements will be updated and posted here. Please contact Lisa Collins at with any questions.

Grant Making Guidelines:

The priorities of the Foundation are to meet families' needs along the way by ensuring (1) Access to Services (2) Active Lifestyles and (3) Adult Independence.

Access to Services:

Funding for community organizations and schools who are providing vital resources and actively assisting children with autism spectrum disorder and their families through education and technology*, advocacy programs, diagnostic and clinical services, direct family support, safety equipment, emergency care, respite services and other opportunities that will enhance the quality of life for those affected.

Active Lifestyles:

Support for recreational and sports programs, aquatic programs, social skills training, family events and summer camps for all individuals on the autism spectrum.

Adult Independence: 

Providing opportunities for job training, vocational skills programs, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare delivery for adults on the autism spectrum.                            

Geographic Focus:

  • Massachusetts
  • Other New England States including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Central Florida including Marion, Volusia, Sumter, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola & Brevard Counties
  • National Educational and Advocacy Programs

What the Grant Committee Looks For: 

There are a number of factors considered by the Grant Committee when reviewing applications.  These factors include, but are not limited to:

  1. Impact of the services on the population (issue or need addressed).
  2. Anticipated measurable results – Is this clear and is a process in place to collect data?  (See below for more information).
  3. Financial need – How critical is the Flutie Foundation grant to the proposed project?
  4. Innovative ideas and creative use of resources.
  5. Sustainability and continuity of the organization and/or program.
  6. Project Budget – Is it detailed and clearly outlined and specific to dollar amount requested?
  7. Replication – Can the program, results and/or lessons learned be shared with others? 
  8. Organization and thoroughness of the proposal itself.


Measurable Results:


The products or activities that your organization or project “produces.”  For example: number of sessions held, number of participants, number of direct support grants and average amount. 


The results of outputs, the impact of the ways in which a program’s activities led to the larger social change sought by your organization, the benefits or changes for individuals or populations during or after participating in program activities.


Access to Services

i. Improve communication (prompted or spontaneous)

ii. Increase child independence

iii. Decrease in unwanted behaviors

iv. Improve access to therapies and services

v. Increase in number of participants served

vi. Improve satisfaction with services

Active Lifestyle

i. Improve access to recreational activities

ii. Increase in physical activity

iii. Increase in interaction with peers

iv. Improve communication

v. Increase in appropriate social skills and self-regulation behaviors

Adult Independence

i. Improve community independence and inclusion

ii. Improve daily life and personal organization skills

iii. Acquire new skills including leadership roles

iv. Increase in confidence and adaptability to new experiences

v. Increase in interaction with peers

vi. Improve communication



*Requests for  related technology will not be accepted through our annual grant cycle. Please refer to the Allison Keller Education Technology Initiative to apply for iPads and related technology. Examples include SMARTBoards, Robots, iPads and Apps.

** The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. is not able to accept grant applications directly from individuals or families.  While the Foundation is committed to supporting families, support must be made through IRS approved 501 (c)(3) organizations and qualified schools who in turn provide services, family support grants and resources to families.  Please refer to the Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program for direct family support.