The “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More” Grant Program is Accepting Applications for 2017!

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This grant honors the groundbreaking work of Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected co-founder Meg Kolaya for her contributions in promoting inclusion, connecting libraries and the autism community, and bringing awareness of the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to the library community.

Grant Description
Each year, a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded. Depending on the applications received, one grant for the full amount or multiple grants for smaller amounts totaling $5,000.00 may be awarded.

Any type of library can apply and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing, successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service they already offer. All programs or services proposed must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, to buy program materials, to pay for staff, etc.

Applications for the 2017 grant(s) are now available.


Applications will be accepted starting September 1, 2016.
The application deadline is December 1, 2017.

Applications, budget sheets, institutional letters of support and any other supporting documentation must be submitted via email to:

Applications and budget sheets (and any additional supporting documentation) should be submitted as attachments on the forms provided for download below.

The grant funding period is April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
The winner(s) will be notified by March 1, 2017.

All questions must be answered, unless they are marked “optional”.

Criteria for Selection:
Applications will be judged on the basis of:

    1. The project is clearly described and well thought out.
2. The potential impact is significant.
3. There is institutional support for the program or service
4. People with autism, family members or other community stakeholders are involved in the
development and/or implementation of the project.
5. The program is one that would be replicable in other communities.
6. The program or service is based on an understanding of the needs of people with autism and/or
best practices in working with this population.
7. There is a plan for the continuation of the service or program after the grant year.
8. The project would not be possible without outside funding.

Please direct any questions to Barbara Klipper:




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