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Color the Spectrum Community Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Programs
that Support Adults with Autism

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Next For Autism

Deadline Date:

08/01/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for programs that support adults with autism. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for programs focused on housing, employment, and social connections. Priority will be given to programs serving underserved populations.

The application categories for the Color the Spectrum Community Grants include:

  • Home: Thousands of autistic adults are in need of quality living environments. Grants in this focus area should address the need to design and/or develop and maintain high quality living environments for adults with autism.
  • Work: Autistic individuals experience under and unemployment. Grants to address this area should address the need for autistic adults to gain and retain paid employment.
  • Social: Disconnection and isolation are not uncommon for autistic adults. Grants focused in this area should support autistic adults to make connections, build relationships, and establish friendships.

An organization may also have a grant that serves multiples of these categories.

Targeted funds from Color the Spectrum are reserved for autistic led and centered organizations and initiatives.

Support requested should benefit autistic individuals.

NEXT for AUTISM prefers program-specific requests.

Preference will be given to programs that utilize an evidence-based methodology.

Preference will be given to qualified programs that will also expand the geographic diversity of our grants.

Preference will be given to those who serve low resource populations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196909

Estimated Size of Grant:


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NEXT for AUTISM will, in its sole discretion, consider supporting 501c3 non-profit organizations working within the United States that generally meet the following criteria:
- Have started innovative programs, services, systems or models of service delivery that make improved outcomes likely.
- Can demonstrate program sustainability and measure impact.
- Preference will be given to those programs that serve the underserved.

Grants may not be used for capital costs.

NEXT for AUTISM does not fund any biomedical research programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Step 1 – Letter of Intent – Due no later than August 1, 2021 at 5:00pm EST
- Organizations must submit a letter of intent if they are interested in receiving a grant through Color the Spectrum Community Grants Program.
- The advisory grant committee(s) will evaluate all letters of intent and notify parties in the Fall of 2021 about whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal.

Step 2 – Full Proposal Submission – Invitation Only
- If you are invited to submit a full proposal, NEXT for AUTISM will send you a link to the application portal and you will have 45 days to complete the application online. An invitation to submit a full proposal is not a guarantee of funding.
- The advisory grant committee(s) will evaluate the full proposal and provide recommendations to the NEXT for AUTISM Board of Directors regarding funding. A recommendation is not a guarantee of funding.
- Organizations may be visited prior to being awarded a grant.
- Applicants will be notified via email about whether they have been funded.
- First round notifications of funding will be released by the end of 2021.


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

Submit LOI online:

Contact NEXT for AUTISM directly at or call 212.759.3775.

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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

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