Since 2006, the Night of Too Many Stars benefit has raised over $30 million toward NEXT for AUTISM’s mission to provide children and adults with autism the opportunity to live fulfilling, engaged, and meaningful lives.

The 2018 grant cycle is closed. Please check back periodically on this website for information about the next grant cycle. Thank you for your interest.


NEXT for AUTISM’s Night of Too Many Stars Grants Program funds initiatives and organizations across the United States whose programs improve the outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families in the following areas:

Educational:   Children with autism often find it challenging to learn in typical circumstances.  NEXT for AUTISM supports exceptional schools that teach children with autism to learn, communicate, read and gain fundamental life-long skills.

Social:  A core challenge for people with autism is socializing.  After school and weekend programs help them learn to relate to others in a social setting and make friends.

Vocational:  Students with autism exiting school face high rates of unemployment.  Hands-on programs teach students and young adults to work and succeed in a work setting.

Community-Based:  Disconnection and isolation are more common for people with autism than many other disabilities.  Community living options, recreation, arts, athletic and volunteer programs help connect people with autism to their communities.

Safety:  Interaction between people with autism and first responders, generally law enforcement, can lead to misunderstandings.  NEXT for SAFETY, a new initiative, supports organizations that serve the autism community to improve awareness of autism among first responders, and to help families and individuals learn to navigate safety issues.

Beyond funding, we also provide strategic or tactical guidance to select grantees.

Grants & Guidelines


In 2015, Night of Too Many Stars and NEXT for AUTISM gave almost $5 million to help support 50 organizations in 21 states and Puerto Rico, reaching hundreds of individuals, families and communities living with autism.

Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Alpine Learning Group
Arc of Westchester
Autism Speaks
Autism Treatment Centers
Banding Together
Center for Autism and the Developing Brain
The Center for Educational Innovation
Chapel Haven
The Children’s Institute
The Elijah School
EPIC School
The Els Center of Excellence
Exceptional Minds
The Franklin Institute
Foundation for Empowering Citizens with Autism
Garden Academy
Have Dreams
The Homestead
Hunter College, CUNY
Institute for Educational Achievement

JCC Manhattan
The Julie and Michael Tracy Foundation
KEEN Greater DC
KEEN New York
Learning Spring School
Lettuce Work
Mercy Health System Foundation
The New England Center for Children
New York Child Learning Institute
Neighborhood Network of New York
NYC Autism Charter School
Organization for Autism Research
Our Place
Project Lifesaver
Project SEARCH
Somerset Hills Learning Institute
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Spectrum 360
Surfers Healing
TERI, Inc.
Theatre Development Fund
Victory Academy