The Arkansas Autism Foundation is committed to funding yearly grants for projects or programs and community outreach grants that will help “build bridges to independence for Arkansans with autism.” We are proud that only one year after being founded that we offered our first call for grant proposals and provided funding of $8500.00. We will continue to offer grants on a yearly basis and will continually grow them in both size and scope as our fundraising allows.
Our grants cycles include:
Community Outreach Grant Cycle –Grant applications will be processed during a specific date in the year which will be determined year after year. We invite applications from individuals who require funds for various needs. This may include after school programs, summer camps, sensory items and respite programs or private respite providers. Requests must align with our mission of “Building bridges to independence for Arkansans with autism.”
Grantees and individuals served must reside in Arkansas and have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or a related disorder. Grant funding is available up to $200.
Projects and Programs Grant Cycle – Grant applications will be accepted from March 1st to May 31st. Awards are granted on July 1st. We encourage organizations or individuals to apply for this grant for projects or programs that are consistent with our mission of building bridges for independence with autism. The grant is for programs and projects that would benefit two or more individuals. (This is not an individual grant.) Examples of funded programs include: social skills building groups, GFCF cooking classes, horticultural programs, daily living skills program, applied behavioral analysis training for staff, life skills classes or outings, sensory friendly space and social skills materials for speech and language therapy. Grant funding is available up to $1000.
“Special” Respite Grant Cycle
This special respite grant project is funded through the Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition and the Administration on Community Living. Applicants will be notified once application is received. Funding is available up to $500 for any type of respite including private in home care, private babysitters or PRN’s, respite programs, summer programs, summer camps, summer activities that would give respite time to family.
Projects and Programs Grant Cycle
Grant applications for projects or programs have closed for this year.
The Foundation helps individuals and families with autism and provide autism friendly events.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.
The Foundation provides autism friendly events and relevant workshops and training opportunities.
We are always looking for friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic people who want to make a real difference in the world of autism.