ASNV Updates, Streamlines Mini-Grant Application Process

The Autism Society of Northern Virginia is excited to announce that major changes are coming to our mini-grant application process. These changes will simplify the application process and ensure that Intervention Assistance Funds are distributed to families who are most in need of support.

 

In recent years, ASNV has received feedback from families that the mini-grant application process was time-consuming and that the amount of documentation required was a barrier to applying. We have also heard concerns that low reimbursement rates meant that families in need of substantial support were not being adequately supported.

 

The Autism Society of Northern Virginia Education & Support Committee, Board of Directors, and staff have collaborated to revise the mini-grant application and awarding process as follows:

 

  • Mini-grants will now be need-based. ASNV will consider a number of factors, including income, access to other financial support, housing situation, and other factors to determine level of need.

 

  • The initial application will be a quick screening process that takes families less than five minutes. Applicants will only have to submit documentation if they are selected to move on to the next round.

 

  • Applicants will be able to request reimbursement for prior expenses or request funds for anticipated expenses.

 

  • ASNV will award fewer grants per cycle but will give larger grants (up to $1,500).

 

  • The initial screening will be open for one month, after which time applicants will be notified about whether they have been selected to move to the next round. Online applications are preferred but paper applications will be made available upon request.

 

The mini-grant cycles will still open May 1st and November 1st of every year. Initial screenings will close June 1st and December 1st.  

 

We hope that these changes help support our families who are most in need, while also ensuring that families find the screening process quick and easy. If you have any questions about the mini-grant program, please contact Guiovanna Berni at gberni@asnv.org or Elizabeth Roy at director@asnv.org.

 

As always, our ability to support families through our Intervention Assistance Fund and mini-grant program depends on the generosity of our community. ASNV is a public 501(c)(3) charity and does not receive government funding. We strive to keep our programs free or low-cost, but to do that, we need your support! We rely on small donations from hundreds of supporters to keep our critical programs going. Please consider donating to ASNV to support programs like our Intervention Assistance Fund!

 

Thank you for helping us build an inclusive, supportive community for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Nicole Jinier & Lisa Worcester

Education & Support Committee Chairpersons

Autism Society of Northern Virginia

 

 

 

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