Application opens: mid-December 2020 until mid to late January 2021
Review period: February 2021
Announcement: March 2021
About the Allison Keller Education Technology Program:
Realizing the gains that many people with autism have achieved using the iPad, the Allison Keller Education Technology Program was created in honor of Flutie Foundation Board Member Kevin Lane Keller's daughter Allison. The goal of the program is to help fill the financial and technological gap for schools and organizations that assist individuals with autism. Since 2012, the Flutie Foundation has granted over $493,000 to 109 schools and organizations for programs specifically serving individuals with autism that have an established technology program in place or have expressed an interest in starting a program using the iPad or other technology tools.
Applications will be considered for any technology tools and/or training that improve learning outcomes or performance. Maximum request is $7,500.00. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Other New England States including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut
How To Apply:
The application process is online. Each organization seeking funding will need to sign up to create a new account regardless of applying in previous grant cycles. Once you have signed up, you can return to the application as necessary to complete the application prior to the deadline. Please note, the following are requirements and must be uploaded to your application:
- Itemized budget for school/organization technology program. For public schools, this can be the budget for the specific autism program within the school system (include training, accessories & software expenses). Program budget must clearly show how Flutie Foundation funding will be distributed.
- IRS 501 (c)(3) Tax Determination Letter. If N/A, please include Certificate of Exemption.
- Most recent 990 Form
- 2 Recommendation letters
Grant recipients will be required to complete an interim report 6 months after being awarded the funding and a final report 12 months after receipt outlining progress, challenges and overall success. Report guidelines will be provided by the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation along with the due dates for the reports. Failure to file a report may affect future consideration of grants from the Flutie Foundation.
If you have questions regarding the Allison Keller Education Technology Program please contact Lisa Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Ali Keller
Allison Keller is 25 years old and a graduate of Hanover High School in Hanover, NH. Ali was diagnosed with autism at an early age when she exhibited a speech delay. Ali still faces many communication problems and generally uses 2-3 word sentences to express her wishes. She also has some sensory issues and has battled seizures when she reached her teenage years. Through it all, however, Ali has always been upbeat, patient, positive, and brave. She leads an active life, filled with volunteer service, horseback riding, snowshoeing, swimming, bowling and taking long walks. An active participant in Special Olympics, Ali also loves music and going to movies. A big breakthrough came when Ali was 12 and the Kellers discovered Facilitated Communication (FC) via the computer. They learned that underneath the cloud of autism, there was a bright girl with a great sense of humor who was developing in many ways like a typical teenager. Since then, the iPad has made facilitated communication that much easier in addition to offering many other benefits.