Since 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) has worked to support individuals and families living with autism. In 2003, AuSM’s Board of Directors created a support grant program with a portion of the proceeds from the Steps of Hope fundraising walk. It was the directors’ intent to broaden AuSM’s ability to meet the needs of individuals or organizations supporting people with autism. The goal of these grants is to stimulate creativity, encourage successful programming and expand opportunities for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders across multiple settings for many years to come.
2015 Steps of Hope Support Grants – Two Opportunities for Support
AuSM is pleased to announce that 2015 Steps of Hope Support Grants will have a dual purpose. In addition to funding programs that encourage team building and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, AuSM also will offer the gift of knowledge. Click on the links below to learn more about the 2015 grant opportunities and for application forms.
Grant Opportunity #1: Participate in the 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference
Through the Steps of Hope Support Grants program, AuSM will award five grants for single registrations to participate in AuSM’s 20th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference, April 29-May 2, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis Park Place. The Grant Opportunity #1 application form submission deadline is April 17, 2015.
Grant Opportunity #2: Maximize Collaboration and Partnerships Supporting People with ASD
AuSM also will accept Steps of Hope Support Grant applications for proposals that maximize collaboration and partnerships with other organizations supporting people with ASD. A Steps of Hope Support Grant must benefit children or adults with ASD who live in our membership area. Grants may be used to support projects 1) at school, 2) in a work or day program setting, 3) in a residence or group home or 4) in the family home. The Grant Opportunity #2 application form submission deadline is July 1, 2015.
More about Steps of Hope Support Grants
Through Steps of Hope Support Grants, the Autism Society of Minnesota awards thousands of dollars each year to proposals supporting individuals of all ages with autism. Grant applications have included requests for items such as iPads and other technology, specific therapies, a water filtration system, sensory room items, yoga start-up for children with autism, and fencing for a yard. Educators have applied for setting up sensory, technology or therapy rooms. These grants are made possible because of the generous donations AuSM receives at our annual Steps of Hope fundraising walk. The goal of AuSM grants is to stimulate creativity, encourage successful programming and expand opportunitites for individuals living with ASD for many years to come.
AuSM is very excited to announce that since 2003, 269 grants, totaling $217,779.07, have been awarded to support projects in our community. Funding for individuals, families, schools and adult facilities include vital therapy options for people of all ages; social skills classes; support groups for individuals, parents and siblings; increased home security and emergency preparedness; employment training and much, much more. The Steps of Hope grants are an important facet supporting AuSM's mission of enhancing the lives of those living with autism.
Congratulations, 2014 Steps of Hope Support Grant Winners!
Cathleen Zelinski - 2014 Minnesota Autism Conference Scholarship
Maarle Gayther - 2014 Minnesota Autism Conference Scholarship
Rita Koelman - 2014 Minnesota Autism Conference Scholarship
Teresa Krank - 2014 Minnesota Autism Conference Scholarship
Suzanne Renfroe - 2014 Minnesota Autism Conference Scholarship
Martha Cooper - Personal Communication Notebooks
Rev. Daniel McKizzle - The A.R.K. (Adults Reaching Kids) Sensory Room
Heidi Wenger - Technology for TEaching and Modeling Language