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 Gay Family, just as the Flutie Family, 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
  • Educational Evaluations -consultant's fee
  • Art classes
  • Music therapy
  • Books and educational videos
  • Computer software - Communication needs
  • Therapies
  • Camp tuition
  • Safety-related items
  • Social skills training

Joey's Fund is now closed. Applications submitted are currently in review and applicants will be notified via email end of April - early May. 

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 are only eligible to apply if they have not received funding in the previous year.

Proof of diagnosis, most recent tax documents, estimate of costs & reference letter will be required and must be uploaded with application prior to submitting. Requests for past due bills/invoices will not be accepted as well as requests for automobiles (repairs & purchases) and vacations. Details will be provided on the application. 

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). Only one program or service per individual will be reviewed and considered. Joey's Fund Applications will open on Monday, February 10, 2020 at noon EST and close on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5 pm EST. 

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