The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation Signature Grant Cycle 


Grant Timeline

LOI will open on September 1, 2021 @ 12 pm ET - September 24, 2021 @ 5 pm ET. - LOI submissions are now closed.

Invitations for full proposals will be sent at the end of October 2021.

Final decisions: December 2021


The Flutie Foundation recognizes not-for-profit organizations who share our mission to help individuals and families with autism live life to the fullest. For our 2021 Signature Grant Cycle, we will continue granting to organizations supporting traditionally under-served, under-funded, culturally diverse communities as reflected in the Foundation's areas of interest, keeping a keen eye toward creativity as everyone adapts to the new normal.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the associated financial hardships many families are facing, a key area of focus for our grant cycle is to alleviate family financial stress. We will be giving priority to organizations and programs supporting those most affected in terms of health, safety, security, and finances. We also recognize that needs are changing every day in the new reality in which we find ourselves, and we are committed to working with our partners to ensure grant money is used to address the most pressing and urgent concerns the autism community is facing.

Our Seven Key Dimensions


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 2021:

  • 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 for New York and New Jersey by invitation only:

We are not accepting applications outside of our geographic focus at this time. 


Letters of inquiry are accepted through our online grant portal only. Invitations for full proposal will follow after complete review. All submitted applications will be notified of decision. 

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

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


Contact Information

Questions can be sent to Lisa Collins at

*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 | Spectrum for Hope Fund Family Grant Program for direct family support.