At our heart, we are all about families helping families. 

So, when the Gay Family wanted to start a fund to honor their daughter, Josephine, who was tragically killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2014, they came to us. The Gays, like the Fluties, knew that they were just one of many families affected by autism and had seen firsthand the difference the right resources can make.  

Today, Joey’s Fund serves as a crucial funding bridge for autism families who are advocating, promoting, supporting and seeking out opportunities for their loved ones.   Since its inception, 193 families have received over $375,000 in financial support, making their journey just a little bit easier.   

Each family we connect with and each dollar donated through Joey’s Fund is done with one purpose and one goal: to provide meaningful, real-life, practical support to deserving families who are caring for a loved one with autism.  Since no two people with autism are alike, Joey’s Fund serves the unique roll of addressing a variety of challenges and needs:

  • Respite care
  • Recreational programs
  • Horseback riding lessons
  • Educational consultant's fee
  • Educational evaluation
  • Art classes
  • Books and educational videos
  • Computer software
  • Therapies
  • Advocacy fees
  • Camp tuition
  • Safety-related items
  • Social skills training
  • Music therapy/Instruments

Eligible Families:

Must have family member(s) medically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and reside in New England (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine).  Families who apply are only eligible to receive funding for 2 consecutive years.

How to Apply for Support:

Families can apply for up to $2,000 through Joey’s Fund (up to $3,000 if grant would benefit more than one family member with autism). Each year, the Joey's Fund application is available on our website in early February and is due by early March. Grant recipients are notified in early May.  NEXT GRANT CYCLE WILL OPEN FEBRUARY 2020. 

Proof of Service or Purchase of Goods:

Joeys Fund Grants are made payable directly to the service provider or vendor (i.e. camp or program). Grant payments require proof that they were used for the intended purpose with the submission of valid receipts and a final report (details provided by The Flutie Foundation).  Our grants are audited by a CPA; therefore, we must have proper documentation. 


For more information on Joey's Fund, please email Lisa Collins at lcollins@flutiefoundation.org