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.
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