Does the organization need non-profit (501c3) status?


What defines autistic-led?

Autistic led is defined by an individual with autism as the head of the organization. For example, the CEO, executive director, or other like executive leadership position OR more than 50% of the organization’s Board of Directors is autistic.

Does the organization need an autistic CEO, executive director or other like position OR for more than 50% of the organization’s Board of Directors to be autistic to apply?

No. Targeted funds raised during Color the Spectrum event are reserved for autistic-led and centered organizations and initiatives. However, grants are also available to organizations that are not autistic-led but who support autistic adults.

What does transition from school to adulthood mean?

Grants will be considered that address the needs of transition age youth or autistic young adult populations in the targeted areas of home, work and social.

Our program/ project needs surpass the stated grant amount available. What should we do?

Organizations can only apply for the maximum amount allotted from the CTS Grant Program. A brief description of how the additional funds will be acquired will be required

Who can provide guidance or assistance with my letter of intent or application?

NEXT for AUTISM will be hosting two information sessions to inform the initial letter of intent process.

DATE: June 7th

TIME: 3:30 Eastern (30 minutes)

Registration Link

DATE: June 10th

TIME: 1:00 Eastern (30 minute)

Registration Link

You can also contact NEXT for AUTISM staff at or call 212.759.3775 to schedule a phone and/or video session to assist you in completing your LOI.

Is the letter of Intent application accessible?

Yes. Please see Survey Monkey Apply conformance standards here:

NEXT for AUTISM also welcomes the opportunity to personally assist anyone with accessibility issues and can be contacted at or 212.759.3775.

Where can I find the letter of intent application?

Link to Letter of Intent Application.

Are any of the grants being used for research into the cause or cure of autism?

No. NEXT for AUTISM does not fund any biomedical research programs.

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Capital Costs: Capital costs are expenses for infrastructure, like a building or paying for construction of a building.

Evidence-based: Evidence-based is a program that has research demonstrating that it helps autistic people.

Geographic diversity: Geographic diversity means distributing grants in different locations throughout the United States.

Impact: Impact is the information and data that demonstrates the lives of the autistic people were enhanced because of the grant program.

Improved Outcomes: Autistic people have improved outcomes if they get better at something by the end of the grant.

Low resource population: Populations that have difficulty paying for or accessing services. This can be for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to poverty, geography, language group, race/ethnicity, religion and/or social status.

Sustainability: A program is sustainable if the program continues to improve the lives of autistic individuals after the term of the grant.

Underserved: People are underserved if they have difficulty paying for services, cannot access services or face other disparities in access to services, often due to factors such as race, religion, language group or social status.

Young Adult: A young adult is generally a person ranging in age from their late teens or early twenties to their thirties. or autistic young adults.