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. A total of $5,000 will be awarded.
Applications will be judged on the basis of:
- The project is clearly described and well thought out.
- There is institutional support for the program or service.
- People with autism, family members or other community stakeholders are involved in the development and/or implementation of the project.
- The program is one that would be replicable in other communities.
- 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.
- The service or program will be sustainable after the end of the grant period.
The application deadline is December 1, 2015. For more information and to apply online, see www.librariesandautism.org/grant.