The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation 2018 Signature Grant Cycle Guidelines

The 2019 Signature Grant Cycle Guidelines will be posted Summer 2019

We award our Signature Grants to dozens of partner organizations throughout New England, NY, NJ and parts of Florida. Our three priorities are to promote 1) Access to Services, 2) Active Lifestyles, and 3) Adult Independence for individuals across the autism spectrum. 

If after reviewing the grant guidelines below you are confident that our funding priorities are in line with the needs and goals of your organization, please follow the link below to make a funding request of up to $9,999 through October 5, 2018.

Requests for up to $20,000 were required to submit an LOI by 8/15/18.

All requests should fall under one of these three categories:

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 for 2018:

  • 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


Requests for capital campaigns and endowments will not be considered.

Indirect or Administrative Costs up to 15% of the total project budget will be considered for funding. Anything over 15% will not be considered. General Operating requests are restricted to autism-specific organizations.

What will make your proposal stand out:

  • A story that demonstrates the impact the grant funds will make.
  • Know your audience and keep it succinct – as an autism organization, we know the stats – 1 in 59, 90% unemployment, etc. – focus your proposal on what we need to know. Brevity goes a long way!
  • Anticipated measurable results – is this clear and is a process in place to collect data?
  • A detailed project budget – Outline the whole picture and be specific to how Flutie funds will be administered and other funding sources obtained or in the pipeline.
  • One or two heartfelt support letters that apply to the funding request. Participant and family letters are true story telling material. The third letter should be from another service provider or professional in the community.
  • Demonstrate your plan for collaboration & sustainability.
  • Organization and thoroughness of the proposal itself.

Measurable Results:


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


The results of the 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 participaing in program activities.

Flutie Foundation Signature Grant Cycle Online Application


*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.