The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.
Grant cycle opens in July when 2017 guidelines will be posted.
Deadline for submission will be September 29th
Awarding of Grants:
Grant applications will be accepted through Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:00PM EST. Grant recipients will be announced in December at our Partner Summit and will be posted on our website.
Helping families affected by autism live life to the fullest through access to services, active lifestyles and community-based services for adult family members.
Grant Making Guidelines:
Grant Making Philosophy/Program Emphasis
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.
Support for recreational and sports programs, aquatic programs, social skills training, family events and summer camps for all individuals on the autism spectrum.
Adult Community-Based Services:
Providing opportunities for job training, vocational skills programs, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare delivery for adults on the autism spectrum.
The average grant size will be in the $10,000-$20,000 range. Please do not request more than $20,000. If you are requesting $5,000 or less, please choose this option under “Amount Requested” and follow the instructions on the application.
Requests for multi-year grants (up to three years) will be considered upon receipt of letter of inquiry by August 31, 2016. Please click HERE for letter of inquiry guidelines. Please forward LOI to Lisa Borges by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for capital campaigns and endowments will not be considered.
Indirect Costs of up to 10% of the total project budget will be considered for funding. Anything over 10% will not be considered.
- Other New England States including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut
- New York
- New Jersey
- Southern California including San Diego County, Los Angeles County and Orange County
- Central Florida including Marion, Volusia, Sumter, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola & Brevard Counties
- National Educational and Advocacy Programs
- Select Canadian Cities including Toronto, Calgary & Vancouver
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:
- Impact of the services on the population (issue or need addressed).
- Anticipated measurable results – Is this clear and is a process in place to collect data? (See below for more information).
- Financial need – How critical is the Flutie Foundation grant to the proposed project?
- Sustainability and continuity of the organization and/or program.
- Project Budget – Is it detailed and clearly outlined?
- Replication – Can the program be replicated or shared with others?
- Organization and thoroughness of the proposal itself.
Outputs are 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.
Outcomes are 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
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
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 iPads and 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.
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.