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Grants & Sponsorships

The Autism Council of Utah will provide funding to programs, initiatives, research or projects within the State of Utah that support our mission statement:

"The Autism Council of Utah is an independent council working to foster collaboration, communication, and learning among families and agencies. Our aim is to enable each person of any age who has autism or a related disorder, and their families, to have access to resources and responsible information. The Council will accomplish this by promoting statewide partnerships to collaborate on special projects, research and training." 

To apply for the ACU Grant, submit a 1-page letter of intent that must include:

  1. Organization name and project director.

  2. Valid contact information.

  3. Statement of need.

  4. Purpose of project and description.

  5. Budget, including timeframe for project completion, performance measures and expected outcomes.

  6. List any licenses, affiliations or certifications that indicate the capability of the applicant
    ~ business license or 501(c)3.

  7. Statement of how many individuals WITH autism will be supported.

 

Notes:

  • Grant monies will be dispersed to organizations rather than individuals.

  • Successful letter of intent recipients will be invited to complete a grant application.

  • Grant requests for approximately $100 – $5,000 will be considered. Requests for amounts above $5,000 will be considered based on availability of funds.

The ACU meets once a month to discuss grant applications.  If you have not heard back from us within a month of sending us all the application information, please feel free to contact us for a status update ~ ckingsbury@utah.gov

Email your letter to autismcouncilofutah@gmail.com or submit the letter to:

 

Autism Council of Utah
c/o The Carmen B. Pingree Center
780 Guardsman Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

ACU Grants & Sponsorships Funded 2024 (So Far)

ACU Grants Funded 2023

  • Orem City Police - Picnic with Orem City police and Autism Community - Meet and Greet

  • Wasatch PEAK - Special Education Fundraiser 5K to raise funds to support recreational activity for Special Education students of Wasatch School District. 

  • Harmony Music Therapy - Provide weekly group and/or individual services for local programs serving adults 18-30 on the Autism Spectrum.

  • Loveland Living Planet Aquarium - Donated 50 Sensory Bags

  • National Ability Center - Recreation Programs: Alpine skiing, ski biking and snowboarding, aquatics, archery, cross-country skiing/biathlon, camping cycling, equestrian (adaptive horseback riding, equine facilitated learning and hippotherapy), and hiking.

  • Metropolitan Ballet - Performance for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

  • Sandy City - Autism Meet and Greet with Sandy Police Department

  • Spectropolis - Recreation Programs for individuals with Autism and other neurodiversity needs.  There are three groups: Open Court, Open Door and Creative Hour.  Programs are geared at providing a safe place that includes opportunities for socialization and self expression.

  • RISE Services - Community Activities for clients

  • Success on the Spectrum - Supplies to create a vocational rehabilitation area for their clients.

  • University of Utah - Feeding Clinic - Examine the effect of using choice on food consumption and mealtime behaviors in children with autism.  

  • Utah Valley Operafest - A sensory-friendly performance of "Romeo et Juliette".

  • Fabian House - Purchase PEAK materials that will be impactful to the students on the Autism spectrum that allows them to receive the proper programs and support.

ACU Grants & Sponsorships Funded 2022 

Grants

  • A Buddy Just Like Me - Add video messaging and additional ADA accessibility to their app.

  • Kids Who Count - Facilitate and educational effort for parents and practioners to bring the most pertinent ideas from trauma informed care (TIC) into the lives of children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the Utah County area.

  • UVU - Autism Conference

  • Wasatch PEAK - Special Education Fundraiser 5K for support recreational activities for the Special Education students of Wasatch School District.

  • AcenicView Academy - AutCon - A Convention for Individuals on the Spectrul

  • University or Utah - College of Education - Ongoing support for the UofU Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding Disorders Clinic, providing in-person and Telehealth assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding problems to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

  • National Ability Center - Recreation Programs: Alpine skiing, ski biking, snowboarding, aquatics, archery, cross-country skiing/biathlon, camping, cycling, equestrian (adaptive horseback riding, equine facilitated learning and hippo therapy) and hiking.

  • Kelly Lundy - Investigate menstruation in women with ASD.

  • Metropolitan Ballet - Performances for individuals with ASD and their families.

  • Utah Recreation and Parks Association (URPA) - Teach children with ASD to swim.

  • Project ImPACT (Spanish) - Work with Spanish-speaking children and their families.

  • Play with Joy - Early Intervention Tutorials Website.

Sponsorships

  • UVU Melisa Nellesen 

  • Generations - ESI

  • Aut Con Scenic View

  • Wasatch PEAK

  • Paint Night

  • Thornton Law

  • Utah Parent Center

  • Critical Issues

  • Scenic View

  • Trunk or Treat

  • Project Impact

  • Sensory Friendly Santa

ACU Grants & Sponsorships Funded 2021 

 

Grants

  • Kids Who Count - Trauma-Informed Care

  • University of Utah - Project IMPACT - Work with children and their families to disseminate important intervention.

  • University of Utah - Efficacy of a Caregiver-Led Technology-Based Menstrual Hygiene Management Intervention for Youth on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

  • Utah State University - Evaluate reading comprehension intervention with children with ASD using multiple-baseline research design.

  • University of Utah - U-FIT - Personal protective equipment as well as enhance/replace some worn dancing and swimming equipment.

  • IMBER Services - Harmony Music Therapy for IMBER Clients

  • Thanksgiving Point - Luminary experience for individual with ASD

  • Harmony Music Therapy, LLC - Music Therapy for clients with ASD

ACU Grants & Sponsorships Funded 2020

Grants

  • Easter Seals Goodwill ~ A unique class for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers, taught by a trained occupational therapist to help parents learn specific techniques and tools to help children manage their sensory needs and responses to various sensory in-put.

  • ARUCC ~ Autism Resource of Utah ~ Partnership In Celebration

  • Spectrum ~ Journey Through Autism 

  • Teaching It Right

  • UofU Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding Disorders Clinic ~ Provided ongoing support for the U of U Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding Disorders Clinic, which has been providing in-person and telehealth assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding problems to children and adolescents with autism spectrumdisorder (ASD) for three years.

  • NAC ~ National Ability Center ~ Provided scholarships to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their family members to participate in NAC adaptive adventure programs.  These programs include both on/off-campus activities such as indoor/outdoor rock climbing, river-rafting, paddle boarding, camping, and more

  • Granite School ~ Parent Night ~ Monthly trainings throughout the school year to approximately 20 families who have school-aged students (preschool, elementary, and secondary) with autism spectrum disorder.

  • Utah Parent Center

  • Sensory Integration ~ Non-intrusive support for students with sensory needs and their educators. ~ Sensory desks

  • Play w/ Joy LLC ~ Coaching parents how to increase learning in the home.  Play-based autism intervention for toddlers and preschoolers.  How to help a child learn through play.

ACU Grants & Sponsorships Funded 2019 - 2020

 

Grants

  • Help Me Grow

  • Spectrum

  • Scenicview

  • Utah Metropolitan Ballet

  • Autism Spec

  • Handstands For G.O.A.L.S. ~ A free two-day soccer camp for children ages 3-12 on the autism spectrum. Each child is assigned a youth volunteer to accompany them throughout both days of the camp. Funds are used for t-shirts, soccer balls for each child to keep, reinforcers, stickers, snacks, prizes, equipment, water bottles, backpacks, and lunch for volunteers.

  • Pingree Foundation ~ Adult Program

  • NAC ~ National Abilities Center ~ Provided scholarships to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their family members to participate in NAC adaptive adventure programs.  These programs include both on and off-campus activities such as indoor/outdoor rock climbing, river-rafting, paddle boarding, camping, and mor

  • University of Utah ~ Dept. of Pediatrics ~ Provided ongoing support for the U of U Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding Disorders Clinic, which has been providing in-person and telehealth assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding problems to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for three years

  • Granite School District

  • Granite School District

  • Canyons School District

  • Spectropolis

ACU Grants & Sponsorships Funded 2018 - 2019

 

Grants

  • Easter Seals Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain — Wiggly Worm Sensory Processing class, a unique class for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers, taught by a trained occupational therapist to help parents learn specific techniques and tools to help children manage their sensory needs and responses to various sensory in-put.

  • CycleAbility - The 4th Annual CycleAbility iCanBike camp is a week-long summer camp where volunteers help 40 kids with special needs to learn to ride a two-wheeled bike.

  • The Granite School District’s Autism Parent Group ~ provides monthly trainings throughout the school year to approximately 20 families who have school-aged students (preschool, elementary, and secondary) with autism spectrum disorder.

  • National Abilities Center - provided scholarships to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their family members to participate in NAC adaptive adventure programs.  These programs include both on and off-campus activities such as indoor/outdoor rock climbing, river-rafting, paddle boarding, camping, and more

  • U of U Feeding Clinic - Provided ongoing support for the U of U Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding Disorders Clinic, which has been providing in-person and telehealth assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding problems to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for three years.

  • ASSERT Utah State University - Created and modified educational programs for the 17 children with autism in the program.

  • University of Utah, School of Medicine – A computerized parent/caregiver questionnaire designed to identify treatment targets among common mental health and medical.

  • Columbus Community Center - Purchased curriculum which will be used in their new 2-year Transition Academy that will launch in January 2020.

  • Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital – Provided funding to purchase sensory toolkits to benefit children on the autism spectrum. These toolkits will help children from becoming overstimulated and agitated in a highly stimulating environment such as a fast-paced ED or hospital.

  • USA STARS of SLC - Judo for individuals with ASD to help foster team spirit, a positive self-image, positive peer relationships, improve coordination and motor development, positive sportsmanship and perseverance.

ACU Grants Funded 2017 - 2018

  • The Children’s Center — Funds to assist low to moderate income families who are receiving Autism Services. The Children’s Center provides services on a sliding fee scale based on federal poverty guidelines.

  • Matt’s Place - Lifelong Skills Foundation, Inc. — Funds will be used to develop Emotional Regulation Group. This group is based on principles of DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) intended for adolescents and their parents. It combines psychoeducational, CBT and experiential therapeutic principles. 

  • Columbus Community Center - Digibility — Digitability teaches marketable, digital life skills to promote independence for students with autism in a technology driven society and economy.

  • Utah Valley University - Passages Program — Utilized to extend Passages capacity to serve more individuals and to offer personalized and autism specific support for students pursuing higher education at Utah Valley University.

  • Handstand for G.O.A.L.S — A free two-day soccer camp for children ages 3-12 on the autism spectrum. Each child is assigned a youth volunteer to accompany them throughout both days of the camp. Funds are used for t-shirts, soccer balls for each child to keep, reinforcers, stickers, snacks, prizes, equipment, water bottles, backpacks, and lunch for volunteers.

  • HOME Program/ Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic — Funds used to Introduce a trained therapy dog to the U of U HOME Program and ASDC will help create a safe, calm environment and facilitate therapeutic interactions between clients and providers. 

  • Westminster College — NeuroDiversity Week.

  • National Ability Center — Funds will be used to provide scholarships to individuals with ASD and their family members to participate in NAC mobile programming. Mobile programs include off-campus activities such as indoor/outdoor rock climbing, river-rafting, paddle boarding, camping, and more. These off-campus activities provide a range of challenges to match the variety of abilities found on the autism spectrum and can encourage individuals with autism to improve and strengthen communication and social skills

  • Cycle Ability — Special Needs Bike Camp

  • A New View Counseling — Funds will be used to implement the Secret Agent Society social skills program for children ages 8-14. The course consists of a core 9-week group therapy program plus two additional sessions for follow-up, as well as two follow up sessions, one at 30 days after completion, and another at 90 days. 

  • Sahara Cares — Sahara Cares Autism Carnival. 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic (ASDC) — Employment group. 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic (ASDC) — Autism Lego League Team (9-14yos).

  • Wasatch County School District — Expansion of a popular social skills instruction program involving an evidence-based curriculum (Superhero Social Skills) and the incorporation of a Lego Tournament.

  • Toybox Treatments — These funds will go directly to benefit approximately 60 kids annually ages 0-3 through DDI Early Intervention, 43 students with Autism in the Duchesne County School District, and 66 students with Autism at the Uintah School District. 

  • Northern Utah Autism Program — A 27 inch roll laminator, 6 kids kore wobble chairs and 3 runtz ball chairs. 

  • Valley Behavioral Health — Funds will be used to develop a vocational training program including volunteer opportunities and internships for individuals with autism spectrum disorder in a day treatment program. 

  • Utah State Developmental Center — Funds used to create and maintain a sensory Snoezelen Multi Sensory room.

  • Kidstar Summer Camp for Children — Funds will be used to purchase a van for the summer camp. 

  • Granite School District — provide monthly trainings throughout the school year to approximately 20 families who have school-aged students (preschool, elementary, and secondary) with autism spectrum disorder. 

  • Autism Resources of Utah County Council — Uplifting Celebration for Autism Balloon Launch.

  • Utah Higher Education Autism Program (UHEAP) — The purpose of this study is to identify the strengths, needs, and challenges for Utah young adults with autism and their families in relation to pursuing postsecondary education. 

  • Canyons School District — Funds used in conjunction with a generous ½ donation from the CoughDrop company, to purchase 25 CoughDrop communication apps which will benefit 25 students in the Canyons School District who are low- or nonverbal. 

  • Easter Seals Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain — Wiggly Worm Sensory Processing class, a unique class for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers, taught by a trained occupational therapist to help parents learn specific techniques and tools to help children manage their sensory needs and responses to various sensory in-put.

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