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Peer Education Grant

Peer Education Grant

Children who learn about autism spectrum disorders develop better, more inclusive relationships with their autistic peers. OAR is committed to expanding the reach of our Kit for Kids peer education program with the Peer Education Grant, which provides Kit for Kids materials and grants ranging from $500-$5,000 to support projects that aim to increase autism awareness and acceptance among students in grades K-8.

Teachers, administrators, parents, youth group organizers, and autism professionals interested in organizing an autism awareness initiative at a school or other community-based organization may apply. Eligible organizations include but are not limited to K-12 public schools, districts, libraries, and 501(c)(3) non-profits in the United States. This includes U.S. military installations overseas.

During 2024, OAR is placing greater consideration on applicants with a school district-wide plan. Organizations from low-income communities are also encouraged to apply.

The application period is currently accepting applications until February 2nd at 11:59 PM ET.

Online Application

Deadlines

Application Deadline:
February 2, 2024

Earliest Project Start Date 
April 1, 2024

Application Materials

budget guidelines

Budget Guidelines

OAR will support projects that use OAR’s peer education materials (Kit for KidsAutism Tuned In) to increase autism awareness and acceptance. Example projects include awareness campaigns, workshops, and presentations. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to OAR’s peer education materials, print costs, honorariums and travel expenses for guest speakers, venue rental, and refreshments. Funds cannot be used to cover salaries.

Download the Budget Form

request for applications

Selection Process

For 2024, OAR is placing greater consideration on applicants with a school district-wide plan. OAR will review applications by the stated deadlines to determine the successful applicants and the amount to be awarded. The number of grants awarded will be based on the number of applications submitted, the quality of projects, the number of students impacted, and the amount of money requested.

Peer Education Grant FAQs

Teachers, administrators, parents, youth group organizers, and autism professionals interested in organizing an autism awareness initiative at a school or other community-based organization may apply. Eligible organizations include but are not limited to K-12 public schools, districts, libraries, and 501(c)(3) non-profits in the United States. This includes U.S. military installations overseas. Organizations from low-income communities are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants may submit only one application per cycle.

The Peer Education Grant will provide funding between $500-$5,000 per awarded project.

During the open application period, you can find a link to the online application on this page. Applications are submitted through SurveyMonkey. When you apply, you will be required to sign up with your e-mail address and create a password for your account. Please be sure to remember this password, as it is the only way to go back and make edits and submit your application. Once you have signed up (or logged in if you are returning), the system will take you directly to the most updated version of your application.

OAR does not have access to user passwords. Please utilize the “Forgot Password” feature on the application portal.

If you are unable to find what you are searching for or have additional questions, please contact programs@researchautism.org.