Grants to Parent Groups, Organizations, and Individuals Supporting Autism-related Projects/Programs within the Region of South East Pennsylvania

Application Process

The Greater Philadelphia Autism Society is offering grant money to parent groups, organizations, and individuals supporting autism-related projects/programs within the five-county region of Southeast Pennsylvania. The maximum amount of money an applicant can apply for is $1000 per calendar year.

The goal of this program is to make funds available for worthwhile projects to the surrounding support groups, organizations, and individuals in an easy, streamlined way. We urge you to take advantage of this program and appreciate all the work that you do.

  1. Complete a Grant Application Form.
    • The applicant must be a paid member of the Greater Philadelphia Autism Society.
    • The project must serve at least part of the five-county region of SE Pennsylvania (i.e., Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties).
    • The proposal should briefly state:
      • when (date) and where the project will take place
      • a description of expenses
      • a description of how the project meshes with Greater Philadelphia Autism Society goals (see below).
    • The purposes of the Greater Philadelphia Autism Society are:
      1. To support and advocate for the general welfare of persons with autism and related disorders;
      2. To support the advancement of all ameliorative and preventive therapy, research, and care of persons with autism;
      3. To increase public awareness of autism throughout the greater Philadelphia area and to support public awareness throughout Pennsylvania and the United States of America;
      4. To support the education and training of persons with autism, and to foster the development of integrated care on their behalf;
      5. To support the establishment of diagnostic, therapeutic, educational, recreational, employment, and residential services for persons with autism;
      6. To serve as a hub for information networking among the 5-county area.
  2. Send your application to:
    Greater Philadelphia Autism Society-GRANTS
    c/o Pat Lyons, Treasurer
    662 Perimeter Drive
    Downingtown, PA 19335
  3. Upon receipt of your application, it will be reviewed by the Grant Committee. A member of the Committee will contact you with any questions, and you may be asked to submit further information. If you are asked for more information and it is not provided, the Committee may choose to evaluate the application as initially submitted or to treat the application as abandoned.

    It is within the Committee's discretion to determine which grant proposals will be approved. In making its determination, the Grant Committee may consider the following factors:
    • The number of individuals who will be served by the grant;
    • The impact the grant would have on the proposed program;
    • Whether the applicant is a grassroots organization (i.e., one operated primarily by people who volunteer their services, abilities, and time).

    Under no circumstances will money be given for general operating expenses.

  4. After voting on your application, the Grant Committee will then present it at the next Board Meeting of the Greater Philadelphia Autism Society along with the Committee's recommendation to approve or deny.
    The Board will decide whether to accept the Committee's recommendation, and a member of the Grant Committee will notify you of acceptance or rejection of your proposal no later than 2 weeks after the Board Meeting.
  5. If the application is accepted, a check for 1/2 of the grant amount will be mailed to you no later than two weeks after the Board meeting where the grant is approved.
  6. Within 30 days of completion of the program, a written report and evaluation of the project must be submitted to Greater Philadelphia Autism Society. You must include the receipts for expenses incurred. You will be reimbursed the remaining amount of the grant or the difference in the expenses, whichever is less.

Please mail receipts and report to:
Greater Philadelphia Autism Society-GRANTS
c/o Pat Lyons, Treasurer
662 Perimeter Drive
Downingtown, PA 19335