The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation 2018 Grant Cycle Guidelines


Grants are awarded annually with the average award of $10,000 to $20,000. 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.

If, after reviewing the grant guidelines below, you have sufficient reason to believe that the Flutie Foundation’s funding priorities are compatible with the need of your organization and the funding request is between $10,000 and $20,000, please send a letter of inquiry to Lisa Collins by email: Click HERE for LOI Requirements.

Application Process:

  1. Submit a LOI between July 16, 2018 and August 15, 2018 for requests between $10,000 and $20,000 to LOI must include the specific amount of request between $10,000 & $20,000.
  2. If your LOI is accepted, you will be invited to submit a full proposal. Invitations will be sent August 16th -September 5th. Invited proposals will be accepted starting September 5, 2018 through October 5, 2018. Full details will be included in the invitation.
  3. Proposals up to $9,999 will be accepted directly through our online application system from September 5, 2018 – October 5, 2018.

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:

  • 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.


*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.