• Community Grants range from a minimum of $100 to the maximum grant of $1,000.

  • Organizations must submit an online application to be considered for funding.

  • The 2019 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2019, and the application deadline is Dec. 6, 2019.

  • Applications may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain active in our system for 90 days, and at the end of this period they will be automatically rejected.

  • Organizations may only submit and/or receive 1 application per cycle.

  • Grant funds may not be used to promote or engage in criminal acts of violence, terrorism, hate crimes, the destruction of any state, or discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, military and veteran status, disability, sex, age, gender identity or sexual orientation, or support of any entity that engages in these activities.


Eligibility Checklist

Organizations applying must meet one of the following criteria: 

  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed on the IRS Master File and conduct activities within the United States.

  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for autism awareness purposes.

  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or

  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the autism community at large.


Areas of Funding

There are 6 areas of funding for which an organization can apply. Please review the areas listed below to ensure your organization’s goals fall within one of these areas.

  • Accessibility: Focuses on enabling access for people with autism through the use of assistive technology and other avenues.

  • Compassion: Demonstrates methods to help the physical, mental, or emotional pains of those affected by autism.

  • Collaboration: Provides a strategic process of two or more mission-aligned organizations working together to complete a task or achieve a goal.

  • Education: Provides educational enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for individuals and families affected by autism.

  • Social Inclusion: Improves the ability, opportunity, and dignity of those affected by autism on the basis of their identity.

  • Supportive: A system of services designed to help maintain independence. It may be social or health services supplied by the state or community.


Selection Process 

  • The Board of Directors will review the application and make initial funding recommendations on all submitted requests. 

  • The Board of Directors reserve the right to adjust the amount awarded to each organization without prior notice.

  • Organizations will be notified of any decision via e-mail. All funding decisions are final.

  • If an organization is approved, grant checks will be mailed directly to the recipient organization’s address listed in the grant application. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery.


All grant applications are made subject to ASA-ETC's review of the organization’s reputation and activities and the organization’s agreement to comply with ASA-ETC's terms and conditions. ASA-ETC reserves the right to decline to fund to any organization based on ASA-ETC's review of the organization’s reputation and activities.

Community Grants