2022 – 2023 Seed Award Funding

The 2022 – 2023 Seed Award Application is open!


Important Notes:

  • Funding will be prioritized for new programs/projects.
  • Given the changing nature of restrictions and guidelines in response to COVID-19 and indoor gatherings, programming should adhere to guidelines released by Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health.


Important Dates:

February 3, 2023: Due date for applications
April 2023: Applicants will be informed of their funding status
May 1, 2023: Due date to return completed seed award paperwork
January 2024: Final Progress Report due

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

Fostering Connections: Groups or community programming where people can connect with one another, share resources or interests, and/or offer mutual support. Examples may include:

    • Self-advocate, caregiver, sibling, youth support groups
    • Social groups
    • Groups focused on special interests
    • Programming focused on advocacy or illuminating stigmas


Justice Interactions: Programming focused on new or enhanced partnerships between communities and criminal justice system professionals (police officers, judges, probation officers, etc.). Examples may include:

    • Programming that facilitates safe interactions and understanding, whether in a school, provider, or community space. Ex. Coffee chat with an officer.
    • Providing resources or knowledge focused on justice interactions and addressing misconceptions about autism.
    • Programming or resources focused on understanding and addressing disparities for individuals of color.


Post-secondary Preparation: Initiatives focused on preparing individuals for post-secondary education and employment opportunities. Examples may include:

    • Collaboration with university programs or employment service providers.
    • Community programming that connects individuals with employers, such as hiring fairs.


Puberty, Sexuality, and Relationships: Initiatives focused on addressing misconceptions and providing information about puberty, sexuality, and healthy and safe relationship development. Examples may include:

    • Programming focused on providing facts and addressing misinformation about puberty and body parts.
    • Programming focused on sexual orientation and gender identity.
    • Programming that teaches about healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships.

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 Koebe Diaz at (347) 470-9667 or phillyap@drexel.edu.

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