2020-2021 Seed Award Funding

The 2020-2021 Seed Award Application is open! Both previously funded and new programs/projects are welcome to apply.


We are seeking seed award applications focused on the following themes:

Online Opportunities: Opportunities that build community virtually/online, especially during this time when people may be feeling more alone. Examples may include:

  • Virtual/online programs, workshops, etc.
  • Projects that help people connect, such as support on using the internet or computer
  • Virtual reality opportunities


COVID-19 Support: Opportunities focused on COVID-19-related needs. Examples may include:

  • Mental health and wellness programs
  • Resources to help people cope with the impact of COVID-19
  • Support for people dealing with loss and grief
  • Helping people prepare for community-based activities (as applicable)


Underserved and/or Vulnerable Populations: Projects that focus on supporting communities that are underserved. Examples may include:

  • Projects that address the impact of race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.
  • Projects that address communication barriers


Support and/or Self-Advocacy Groups: Groups where people can connect with one another and share resources. Groups can focus on a particular topic/theme. Examples may include:

  • Social groups
  • Self-advocates, parents, grandparents, caregivers, sibling support groups
  • Groups focused on special interests

Important Dates:

February 1, 2021: Due date for applications
March 1, 2021: Seed award recipients will be announced
April 1, 2021: Due date to return completed seed award paperwork
June 1, 2021: Due date to deposit checks


Funding: Applicants meeting eligibility requirements may apply for up to $1,000 in seed funding.  Award amounts will vary and may range from several hundred dollars to the maximum amount.


Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Be a Philadelphia County Resident or Philadelphia-based organization
  2. Be at least 18 years of age
  3. Have a proposed project or activity that targets Philadelphia County residents


Award Review Process: The Philadelphia Autism Project organizes a Seed Award Review Committee to review and score applications. Committee members come from a variety of backgrounds, and include autistic individuals, previous award recipients, community members and others. All applications are reviewed by at least two Committee members. Review criteria varies based on whether it is a grassroots project (a fairly new organization/project without a previously established network and/or resources) or a more experienced organization/group (have the organizational resources and structure in place to do the project). If you are interested in joining the Seed Award Review Committee please contact us at phillyap@drexel.edu. Please note, if you are part of the Seed Award Review Committee, you will not be able to submit a seed award application.


If you have any questions concerning your application or would like a paper copy, please contact (215) 571-3209, (215) 571-3152 or phillyap@drexel.edu.

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