The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation Signature Grant Cycle 

The 2020 Signature Grant Cycle Guidelines will be posted Summer 2020

The Flutie Foundation recognizes not-for-profit organizations who share our mission to help individuals and families with autism live life to the fullest. We provide funds for new initiatives and model projects that have the potential to greatly enhance and improve the quality of everyday life for people and families affected by autism and that can inspire and be replicated by other organizations in order to have a greater impact on the autism community at large. Four our 2019 Signature Grant Cycle, our focus is on granting to organizations supporting traditionally under-served,l under-funded, culturally diverse communities as reflected in The Foundation's areas of interest:


Providing a path for educational opportunities, vocational skills programs, employment, housing, transportation and healthcare delivery for adults on the autism spectrum.


Support for recreational and sports programs, aquatic programs, social skills training, family events and summer camps for all individuals on the autism spectrum.


Funding for community organizations and schools who are providing vital resources and actively assisting individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families through 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.                       

Geographic Focus for 2019:

  • Massachusetts
  • Other New England States including Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut
  • Central Florida including Marion, Volusia, Sumter, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola & Brevard Counties


Letters of Inquiry will be accepted starting August 12, 2019 through our online grant portal. Invitations for full proposals will be sent in September.

Letters of Inquiry or proposal by invitation only:

New York

New Jersey


Please note that the Signature Grant Program does not generally provide funds for:

  • Capital building projects
  • Endowments
  • Grants to individuals
  • Projects and organizations that are international in scope or purpose
  • Research Projects


*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.