Hunter Hinze Fund Grant


Grant Opportunities for Adults with Autism: Transition Support

The Hunter Hinze Transition Grant was launched by Dr. J.D. and Kathy Hinze, in conjunction with the Autism Society of Texas to honor the memory of their son, Hunter, who died at the age of 18 in spring 2015.  Today the Hunter Hinze Fund Grant helps adults with autism live their dreams and maximize their potential as they transition to adulthood.

It is their wish that these funds be used for:  

  • services and supports that would provide autonomy, skill development; or
  • a sense of purpose that promotes self-sufficiency and fosters independence.

Grants are available for individuals 18 years and older who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and live in Texas.  The money must be used to support adult living goals that reinforce maximum independence.  This grant funding should be considered a payer of last resort after all other funding opportunities have been attempted.

The funds will be paid directly to the organization/business that provides the transition-focused service.  Preference will be given to under served or rural areas.  Our priority areas are:

  • community based services
  • social & leisure activities
  • independent living skills
  • vocational skills
  • post-secondary education
  • social/behavior skill development
  • performing and visual arts
  • assistance with transportation in rural areas where gaps in services exist

 

Funding will not include:

  • direct care staff
  • products and goods that a person needs in daily living care (food, drink, personal care products, etc.)
  • personal fundraising
  • direct housing expenses
  • direct clothing expenses
  • service animals

 

We reserve the right to refuse requests that are outside of our priority areas.  All grants will be approved based on availability of funds. Autism Society of Texas reserves the right to make changes to this application process.

Dates and funding maximums for each grant cycle:  Each grant cycle will award a maximum of $5,000 dollars.  The grant committee reserves the right to adjust this amount as funds become available.  Spring 2017 grant application cycle dates will be posted by 3/1/17, or email us so we can contact you with information!

Grant Timeline:

Application Period March 1, 2017 to
11:59PM March 15, 2017
August 1, 2017 to
11:59PM August
 15, 2017
Funds available up to: $500 $500
Recipients notified by: April 30, 2017 September 15, 2017
Funds will be available: May 15, 2017 September 30, 2017

The above grant cycle is complete and 9 grants have been awarded in 2016. Additional funding cycles may be offered, pending availability of funds and resources. Applications that are late or incomplete will not be accepted.

Applying for Grant Opportunities Is Fast & Easy

When grant enrollment is open, fill out our short online grant application to get started. Click the link and complete the information, then hit “Submit” to complete your application. You may save your work and go back to make edits at any point. Grant applications are due no later than 11:59PM on the due date posted. Late applications will not be accepted. Hard copy applications can be printed out and sent to our office (300 East Highland Blvd. Suite 205, Austin, TX 78652) but must be postmarked before midnight on due date.

APPLY HERE

How Grants Are Awarded

Each grant proposal is evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • clarity of application
  • alignment with priority areas
  • availability of funds
  • long term impact on life purpose

You will be notified by email or telephone of the decision regarding your grant application no later than April 15, 2016 for the first funding cycle and no later than July 15, 2016 for the second funding cycle. Grants with significant conceptual, legibility or clarity problems will not be considered. Grant recipients or the organization/business are required to submit a copy of receipts for purchase of services after the completion of the grant request. All unused funds must be returned at that time. Grant funding checks will be made payable to the business listed on the grant application.

Contact us with any questions