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:
Organization name and project director.
Valid contact information.
Statement of need.
Purpose of project and description.
Budget, including timeframe for project completion, performance measures and expected outcomes.
List any licenses, affiliations or certifications that indicate the capability of the applicant
~ business license or 501(c)3.
Statement of how many individuals WITH autism will be supported.
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 ~
Email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Funded 2018 - 2019
1/29/2018 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.
4/18/2018 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.
4/18/2018 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.
5/9/2018 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
5/16/2018 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.
6/13/2018 ASSERT Utah State University - Created and modified educational programs for the 17
children with autism in the program.
6/27/2018 University of Utah, School of Medicine – A computerized parent/caregiver questionnaire
designed to identify treatment targets among common mental health and medical.
7/2/2018 Columbus Community Center - Purchased curriculum which will be used in their new 2-year
Transition Academy that will launch in January 2020.
8/14/2018 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
10/17/2018 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
1/3/2017 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.
1/11/2017 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.
1/11/2017 Columbus Community Center - Digibility — Digitability teaches marketable, digital life skills to promote independence for students with autism in a technology driven society and economy.
2/22/2017 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.
2/22/2017 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.
2/22/2017 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.
2/22/2017 Westminister College — NeuroDiversity Week.
4/12/2017 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
5/10/2017 Cycle Ability — Special Needs Bike Camp
5/10/2017 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.
5/10/2017 Sahara Cares — Sahara Cares Autism Carnival.
7/12/2017 Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic (ASDC) — Employment group.
7/12/2017 Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic (ASDC) — Autism Lego League Team (9-14yos).
7/18/2017 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.
8/9/2017 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.
8/9/2017 Northern Utah Autism Program — A 27 inch roll laminator, 6 kids kore wobble chairs and 3 runtz ball chairs.
8/15/2017 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.
8/15/2017 Utah State Developmental Center — Funds used to create and maintain a sensory Snoezelen Multi Sensory room.
8/15/2017 Kidstar Summer Camp for Children — Funds will be used to purchase a van for the summer camp.
9/12/2017 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.
12/11/2017 Autism Resources of Utah County Council — Uplifting Celebration for Autism Balloon Launch.
12/11/2017 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.
12/11/2017 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.
1/29/2018 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.