Grants – Frequently Asked Questions
What are the deadlines for submitting a grant?
Answers for Autism has a Spring and a Fall grant cycle. The respective deadlines are March 15 and October 15 of each year
Do I need to be a professional grant writer to apply?
Absolutely not, the application is designed to be as simple as possible, while assuring that the proposed project is going to effectively use the donations that make up the grant fund. If you have questions regarding the application, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aren’t a non-for-profit organization. How can we get a grant to fund our project?
Consider taking your idea to a non-for-profit in your community and asking them to partner with you to apply for a grant. Some examples might be a local YMCA, or a school system foundation. Allow time for the internal review process of the other organization.
Can I get a grant for my individual child?
No. The program is not designed to make awards to individual families.
Are these grants just for Indianapolis?
No, Answers for Autism continues to provide grants for programs based throughout Indiana. Priority will be given to underserved areas of the state.
Will the grant program pay for start-up costs for our group?
The grant program is generally not designed to pay for start-up costs (e.g., copiers, phone lines, computers, etc.)
Who decides which grants are approved?
Grants are reviewed by the Answers for Autism Grant Committee who submits a recommendation to the Board of Directors for final approval. The grant committee consists of the one Answers for Autism board member, parents of children on the autism spectrum and professionals from the autism community.
What programs will the grant pay for?
Some of the programs that can be funded through an Answers for Autism grant include:
- Training (speaker fees, conference fees, materials, parent/family stipend)
- Equipment/Supplies (sensory items, assistive technology)
What programs are not supported by Answers for Autism grants?
Answers for Autism will not fund programs in the following categories:
- Religious purposes
- Activities not benefiting individuals on the autism spectrum and/or their families living in Indiana.
- Medical research
- Reducing an operating deficit or to liquidate existing debt
- Office costs, rent, utilities, etc. (on-going or start-up)
- Individual families