2021 – 2022 Seed Award Funding

The 2021 – 2022 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:

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 include:

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


Community Programming Opportunities: Programming with the goal of creating community connections through shared interests and structured programs. Examples include:

  • Virtual/online programs, workshops, etc.
  • Recreational programs or programs that focus on physical health
  • Programs with a focus on the creative arts


Mental Health and Wellness: Opportunities and programming focused on meeting the wellness needs of our local community. Examples include:

  • Programs that foster the social, emotional and physical well-being of youth (and young adults)
  • Resources to help people cope with the impact of COVID-19
  • Support for people dealing with loss, grief, and trauma


Navigating the Online World: Opportunities focused on reaching and serving communities to support increased use of and access to online resources and platforms. Examples include:

  • Projects which support communities in accessing and engaging with online resources
  • Projects which promote learning basic digital literacy skills (examples: communicating online, finding information and resources on the internet, and using social media platforms)
  • Projects which address digital access issues

Important Dates:
February 4, 2022: Due date for applications
April 2022: Seed award recipients will be announced of their funding status
May 2, 2022: Due date to return completed seed award paperwork
June 1, 2022: Due date to deposit checks


Award amounts will vary based on your project needs and have typically ranged from several hundred dollars to $1,000 in seed funding. Limited opportunities may allow for additional funding for larger projects.

Eligibility Requirements:
Be a Philadelphia County Resident or Philadelphia-based organization
Be at least 18 years of age
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 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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