Autism Task Force Announces Grant Funding For Not-For-Profits

The Oswego County Autism Task Force is pleased to announce the availability of funding available for not for profit organizations to provide services and other opportunities to individuals and families who are touched by an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

If you are proposing a summer activity, applications due by June 30 and funding will be awarded by July 1.

Autism Task ForceIf you are looking at an activity to take place in the fall or winter, please have your application in by August 1.

The Oswego County Autism Task Force grant committee is soliciting proposals from not-for-profit community organizations in Oswego County to support projects that provide opportunities for youth during non-school hours (after school, nights, weekends, school breaks, summer).

Not-for-profit community organizations include agencies, schools, libraries, municipalities, associations, and churches.

These grant projects may serve any age range of youth or their families and any geographic locations within Oswego County.

Grant proposals must meet the criteria set by the Task Force.

Projects should address the diverse interests of individuals with autism and their families including but not limited to:

Artistic expression
Leisure time
Social Skills Development

Projects should have clear, measurable goals. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other local service organizations.

Grant requests from a single agency may not exceed $1,000 with a minimum of $500.

Grant funds cannot be used for equipment, capital improvement, to off-set wages of existing staff, or to cover administrative overhead.

Priority will be given to grants that serve as seed money for future activities, and for projects that have a long lasting impact.

These are some examples of the kind of opportunities that the grant committee is looking at funding:

After school programs
Opportunities for inclusive recreational activities
Opportunities for kids to learn social skills in the community
Opportunities for families to learn tips on dealing with various aspects of ASD
Theatrical or other artistic opportunities
Mentoring programs with mentors trained on ASD, or a program to help foster relationships with typical peers

Please contact Tammy Thompson (349 – 3510) for an application.

All proposals must be submitted electronically to [email protected]