The goal of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism is to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Through its programs and partnerships, the foundation helps people with autism get access to care, lead more active lifestyles, and grow toward adult independence.
The foundation is accepting applications from organizations and schools for grants of up to $20,000 for programs designed to meet families' needs by ensuring access to services, active lifestyles, and adult independence.
1) Access to Services: Through this focus area, the foundation provides funding for community organizations and schools that are providing vital resources and actively assisting children with autism spectrum disorder and their families through education and technology, advocacy programs, diagnostic and clinical services, direct family support, safety equipment, emergency care, respite services, and other opportunities designed to enhance quality of life for those affected.
2) Active Lifestyle: The foundation provides support for recreational and sports programs, aquatic programs, social skills training, family events, and summer camps for all individuals on the autism spectrum.
3) Adult Community-Based Services: The foundation supports opportunities for job training, vocational skills programs, employment, housing, transportation, and healthcare delivery for adults on the autism spectrum.
To be eligible, applicants must be recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, applicant organizations must provide services in one or more of the following geographic regions: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut, New York, New Jersey
Southern California (San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Orange County), central Florida (Marion, Volusia, Sumter, Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Brevard counties), and select Canadian cities (Toronto, Vancouver). The foundation will also consider national educational and advocacy programs.
See the Flutie Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.