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ACU ~ Grant Application

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.


  • 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.

Email your letter to us at or submit the letter to:

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

Applications and criteria for grants can be found on the web site under Resources/Grants. 100% of the funds raised by the ACU goes back into the State of Utah for autism programs. We are all volunteers.


  • Utah Valley University—Support UVU annual Conference on autism for professionals, family members, service providers, educators, students and individuals with autism.
  •  CTA Community supports–purchase programming supplies for new facility in Sandy that provides after school programs for children and day programs for adults with autism.
  • Spectrum Academy–Purchase student iPads, students receive instruction daily in executive function skills, planning, prioritizing, self-monitoring, homework management, goal setting, scheduling, on-line learning tools, and social skills.
  • Utah Personnel Development Center—Support UPDC to host an Autism conference in March for Educators and families, providing current information on evidence based intervention.s
  • Friends of Wasatch Mental Health Foundation–Help purchase a 12-15 passenger van for XCEL program which serves 75-100 adolescents in Utah County with autism.
  • SaharaCares Foundation– Help support SaharaCares annual Autism Carnival for individuals with ASD and their families, carnival is free of charge, last year about 3,000 people attended and they had approximately 250 volunteers.


  • Discovery Gateway– To begin the design phase for Journey Into Autism, a 2000 square foot museum exhibition that will show the community what life is like on the autism spectrum through  multi-media experiential exhibits, events and presentations.
  •  iSTAR University of Utah–Purchase video equipment to cultivate technology talents and opportunities for students with autism, provide the infrastructure for offering evidence-based and innovative curriculum opportunities for youth with ASD.
  • Friday’s Kids respite—Provide respite care for families with a child with autism or other related disabilities.
  • Jordan Family Education Center—Provide funding for support groups for siblings of children with ASD to enhance rapport between children, emotional identification, problem solving skills, and coping skills.
  • The Children’s Center—Provide services for low to moderate income families using a sliding fee scale who have a child in Social Skills Groups, PLAY Project and PLAY to Learn services for children with ASD.
  • EnableUtah—Help fund Disabled Employment Assistance Program (DEAP), to help create community  employment opportunities for adults with ASD.
  • Easter Seals-Goodwill—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.
  • Clear Horizons Academy—Pay for presenter Paula Kluth to present full-day workshop focused on helping teachers better support and connect with children with autism in their classrooms.
  • Discovery Gateway—To continue the design phase for Journey Into Autism, a 2000 square foot museum exhibition that will show the community what life is like on the autism spectrum through  multi-media experiential exhibits, events and presentations.
  • Mt Pleasant Elementary—Purchase outside play equipment for playground at new school building, to help children with autism enjoy recess and enjoy the school playground more.
  • SaharaCares Foundation—Help support SaharaCares annual Autism Carnival for individuals with ASD and their families, carnival is free of charge and over 3,000 people attended.
  • Salt Lake Police Department Officers Autism training—Fund training for participants
  • Entheos Academy—To help sponsor after school technology based robotics program which includes students with  autism, for laptop computer and equipment to allow students more hands on time with the robot kits and programing.
  • UAID Utah Association for Intellectual disabilities—Provide funding holiday gift boxes for 10 individuals with intellectual disabilitie.
  • Utah Parent Center—Provide funding and sponsorship towards Family Links Conference.
  • Carmen Pingree Center—Purchase of school bus for transportation of students to and from Pingree Center.
  • New Connections—RDI, Relationship Development Intervention services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families, offering partial scholarships.
  • ACU received 40 iPads from an anonymous donor to give to autism programs and services, ACU was able to distribute the iPads among Community Treatment Alternatives, Utah Autism  Academy, Utah Public Schools, and Utah State Developmental Center.


  • Friday’s Kids Respite—Provide respite care for families with children who have autism and other disabilities.  Provide over 45 children and families with a night of respite.
  • American Festival Chorus and Orchestra—Special accessible concert specifically for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental or age related disabilities and their families.
  • Utah State Developmental Center—iPads to be used with individuals who have a diagnosis of ASD to enhance their ability to communicate their wants and needs, enhance task completion, increase attention and to increase overall capacity.
  • Valley Behavioral Health—Materials for expansion of services to high school age adolescents at the Carmen Pingree Center focusing on teaching students life skills.
  • University of Utah Department of Psychiatry—Development of interactive web-based social skills game called Converse that provides adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum real life scenarios to engage in safe virtual conversations that can then be translated into practical application.
  • Discovery Gateway— To complete the schematics for the  Journey Through Autism exhibit, a museum exhibition that will show the community what life is like on the autism spectrum through a series of multi-media experiential exhibits, community events, and presentations.
  • Utah Parent Center Family Links Conference—Scholarships for families to attend Family Links conference.
  • SaharaCares Foundation—Support the Carnival for Autism, a free event for children with ASD and their families.  Many games and activities are provided as well as lunch, treats, prizes, and an information fair.
  • Soul-R-Eclipse—Contribute to a 3 day river retreat for Mothers of Autistic Children on the San Juan River in Southern Utah to provide mothers with mental health, wellness and human services counseling and networking with other “Autism” moms.
  • Clear Horizons Academy—Help sponsor a workshop featuring Daniel Opened, a nationally recognized speaker to present on helping teachers and others gain skills that will help them work with children on the autism spectrum on a daily basis.
  • University of Utah Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic—for Autism assessment, the clinic uses a sliding scale to evaluate who might qualify for relief in paying for the diagnostic assessment  and helping families who qualify for support.
  • Utah Assistive Technology Foundation—Provide small assistive technology grants for low income children and adults with autism and other disabilities.
  • Easter Seals Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain—Provide Wiggly Worm classes to help children with autism and sensory processing disorders, for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers.
  • Columbus Foundation—Sponsor the annual “Dignity Through Work” breakfast event, attended by nearly 300 people to honor community partners that have provided individuals with disabilities a paycheck and the self-esteem that come with meaningful employment.
  • The Children’s Center—Social skills Groups and P.L.A.Y., 2Learn.  These programs address peer-to-peer and parent-child interactions, teaching parents how to engage with their child and the additional benefit of peer-to-peer support.
  •  University of Utah/BYU—Statewide training for the early identification of autism developing a training curriculum and ongoing consultation with Utah’s Early Intervention agencies, health care providers and preschool special education providers.
  • South Ogden Junior High School—Purchase over 50 copies of the book, “The Reason I Jump” by Higashida to raise awareness of faculty, staff, and students of the struggles and triumphs of families dealing with autism.
  • Utah Health Care  Association—Pay for purchase of iPod shuffles, headphones, external speakers, iTune Cards, USB power adaptors for approximately 37 individuals with autism.
  • Utah Regional Ballet—Educational outreach program for annual “Families Affected by Autism” free performance of “Once Upon a Time” giving families the opportunity to attend the ballet in a comfortable atmosphere.
  •  Utah Assistive Technology Foundation—Provide small assistive technology grants for low income children and adults with autism and other disabilities to purchase iPad technology and related software/applications or other assistive technology appropriate to meet their needs.


  • University of Utah Dept of Psychiatry—To help sponsor the International Meeting for Autism Researchers (IMFAR) Pre-Conference that will be hosted in Salt Lake City Utah this year. The Pre-Conference is to tap into the expertise of international experts to accelerate projects that meet the needs of the intermountain autism community.
  • UVU Autism conference—Used to cover travel expenses for keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Gerhardt.  Dr. Gerhardt will present a keynote address featuring information on educating the ASD student, transition preparation (from adolescent to adult) and parenting. The public is invited to attend the conference.

To make any type of donation towards the ACU grant program, please find more information on our Donation page.