Autism Innovation Grant

The Autistic Spectrum Conditions Support Service is offering this grant to facilitate local support for adults (18 years plus) with autistic spectrum conditions (including Asperger’s Syndrome).

We would like to award a single grant contribution for the provision of a support service for people with autistic spectrum conditions to cover a 2-year period.

We are inviting expressions of interest from voluntary and community sector organisations, including social enterprises, who would like to support adults with autistic spectrum conditions (including Asperger’s syndrome).

Applicants should have a history of working with adults with autistic spectrum conditions with or without a learning disability.

Closing date for applications

16 March 2018

The purpose of the Autism Innovation grant is to facilitate local support for all people with autistic spectrum conditions (including Asperger’s Syndrome) to:

  • develop and independently maintain local peer support groups
  • develop peer mentors to support others on the spectrum
  • provide individuals with appropriate up to date information, advice, guidance, and signposting in a timely way, to support them to live as independently as possible
  • assist individuals to develop and optimise social contacts using the most appropriate method for the individual
  • help individuals to develop social skills and social coping strategies to enable them to maintain their social inclusion
  • develop a successful model of integrated working between the voluntary sector and health and social care.

What we expect successful projects to achieve

The Strategy for Adults with Autism in Kent (PDF, 1.4 MB) and the national strategy, Think Autism (2014) outlines quality outcomes, including supporting adults with autism to:

  • achieve better health outcomes
  • be an equal part in their local communities
  • know how to connect with other people and be able to find local autism peer groups, family groups and low level support
  • want same opportunities as everyone else to enhance their skills, to be empowered by services and to be as independent as possible.

Areas your intended service should cover

  • Ashford Borough
  • Canterbury District
  • Dartford Borough
  • Dover District
  • Gravesham Borough
  • Maidstone District
  • Sevenoaks District
  • Shepway District
  • Swale Borough
  • Thanet District
  • Tonbridge and Malling Borough
  • Tunbridge Wells Borough

Funding available

Kent County Council will provide a single grant of £83,436 for 2018-19.

Applications closed on 16 March 2018.

If you applied, you should have received confirmation of your application via email. We will contact you directly to discuss your submission around 30 March 2018.