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Grants for Autism

Autism Aware UK

Autism Aware UK operates to increase awareness of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and to support families through online support.

It also purchases specialist equipment for schools and groups to help educate and support people with Autism.

The charity has previously funded purpose built playgrounds for a school.

Schools, groups and organisation requiring assistance with funding equipment that benefits people with ASD should contact the charity direct.

Fun way to motivate picky eaters....

The Fred Winner Dinner Plate 

from Amazon

The Fred Foundation

The Fred Foundation helps fund education programmes for children with Autism.

The Foundation is a small charity and is only able to help a limited number of children.  It has recently funded ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) programmes.

The website is currently inactive.  For further information email:

Bizak Glowcrazy Dome

Easy to set up black tent that has a super glow canvas inside for doodling.

A cheaper alternative to a sensory tent.

The John and Lorna Wing Foundation

The Foundation operates throughout England and Wales and gives grants to individuals and organisations researching into all aspects of Autism at a university college or higher/further education institution.

Correspondence to:  The John & Lorna Wing Foundation c/o The National Autistic Society 391 - 393 City Road London EC1V 1NG

Music for Autism

Music for Autism create interactive concerts for individuals with Autism and their families.

The concerts are performed by professional musicians and are fully subsidised for everyone to ensure equal access.

A programme of concerts can be found on the website at a number of locations around the UK.

It also supports special units and schools for children with Autism.

Tobar Starlight Projector

A great gift at a budget price.

Projects stars and a crescent moon onto the ceiling. 

Other National Charities

Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund (voluntary organisations - children and adults)

Caudwell Children

Children Today

Family fund

Merlins Magic Wand

The WPH Charitable Trust (Warwickshire and Coventry - children and adults)

National Charities providing Holidays

Alan Shearer Short Break Centre

The Calvert Trust (outdoor pursuits - children and adults)

Happy Days Charity 

Harriet Davis Trust (children and adults)

Regional Grants

Daisy Chain Project

The Daisy Chain Project supports families and carers with an Autistic child in the North East.

It provides respite through short break sessions and weekend/holiday clubs.

Magic Moments

Magic Moments helps children on the Autistic Spectrum in North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire.

It funds holidays, short breaks, day trips and recreational activities for Autistic children, their families and carers.

The charity has previously organised trips to America, Euro Disney and Legoland.

Miracles to Believe In

Miracles to Believe In supports children and young people (up to 19 years) with Autism living in Leicestershire and Rutland to advance their education.

It provides funding for equipment, facilities and excursions.  To maximise the benefit it funds activities for groups of children.  

Trips organised by the charity are free to the families.

Applications should be made by post or by email.

It does not provide funding for computers/laptops and family holidays.

Contact details: 5 Grey Crescent, Newtown, Linford, Leicester, LE6 0AA

Telephone: 01530244790

The Oyster Foundation

The Oyster Foundation supports individuals with Autism and their carers and organisations in the London Borough of Islington.

It provides grants for equipment and financial assistance to improve the choices provided by statutory services.

The charity also provides premises and facilities.

Further information can be obtained from Mr. J.C.Skerritt, 10 Highbury Terrace, London N5 1 UP

Other Useful Information

Autistic Friendly Film Screening

These are available at cinema's around the country. 

Dimensions has teamed up with Cineworld, Odeon, Showcase and Vue cinemas.

Each month each of the participating cinemas shows a different film suitable for a wide age range.

The lights are on a low setting with reduced volume.  There are no trailers for distraction and customers are able to move around during the screening.

For more information on the latest films visit the Dimensions website.

Picturehouse Cinemas

The Picturehouse group also provides Autism-friendly screenings for people with Autism, their families, friends and carers.  

Screenings take place in low light with reduced volume to make it easier for customers with Autism.  There is also space to move around.

Email: to go on the Autism-friendly mailing list with the name of your nearest Picturehouse cinema in the subject line.


The Autism Education Trust - provides professional development resources and opportunity to support education.

The Autism passport from The Autistic Society is a short booklet designed to help people with autism communicate their needs to medical staff when in hospital.

Cerebra have a large selection of books in their library on Autism. They can be borrowed free of charge.

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