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that Benefit Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program

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Autism Speaks

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Grants to USA, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands nonprofit and for-profit organizations for recreational programs that benefit individuals on the autism spectrum. Funding may be used for programs in the following categories: summer camps, employment, physical fitness and sports, adult services, and swimming and water safety.

The focus of the Baker Recreational Grants is threefold:

  • To promote local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders
  • To expand the capacity to effectively serve the ASD community
  • To increase the field of national service providers

Autism Speaks places a significant emphasis on the product or deliverable of each proposal to benefit the autism community beyond those participating in the program. Deliverables include videos, manuals and curricula that may be shared on the Autism Speaks website for the broader community. In addition, Autism Speaks seeks to ensure proposals provide opportunities for individuals with varying levels of need. Careful consideration will also be given to applications that specifically address the needs of underserved communities, which can include rural towns, non-English speaking populations, and other vulnerable groups.

Autism Speaks Baker Grants support programs demonstrating the ability to:

  • Reach a wide age range of individuals on the spectrum
  • Have true, measurable impact on the lives of those who participate and their loved ones
  • Grow and replicate best practices with other partners in their community, state, or region within the following categories of service delivery:
    • Adult Services – recreation/respite specifically for adults focusing on life, health and community  
    • Employment – finding and maintaining meaningful employment with skills to succeed in the workplace
    • Physical Fitness and Sports – athletics and team sports, health and wellness programs
    • Summer Camps– day/overnight programs offering therapeutic activities, sports, arts and technology
    • Swimming and Water Safety – swimming and water safety specifically for individuals with autism 

For more details on the above categories, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186356

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period is nine months, beginning once the check is received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations with a 501(c)3 exempt status that have been in existence for at least one year may apply. For-profits may also apply.

Organizations in the 50 United States plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands may apply.

The non-profit organization must have a federal tax ID number, at least three volunteer or paid staff members and an established infrastructure, which includes a physical location and a website.

Individuals may not apply for a Baker Grant.

Autism Speaks does not fund the following items:
a. Endowment, debt reduction, or fundraising activities
b. Administrative salaries, i.e. those not directly working in the program for which you are requesting funding
c. Food, apparel or equipment that can be donated in kind
d. Rent or financing of buildings

Pre-Application Information:

- September 7th: Application process opens
- October 22nd: Final date for applications
- October 26th – November 9th: Review committees meet and make decisions on recommendations 
- November 10th: Recommendations are reviewed and grants approved 
- November 22nd: All applicants notified, and announcements made on social media  
- Starting January 15th: Funds disbursed upon receipt of contracts

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For any questions, please email

Autism Speaks
1060 State Road, 2nd Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (646) 385-8500

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

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