The 2018 grant cycle is closed. Please check back periodically on this website for information about the next grant cycle, which will be announced after the next Night of Too Many Stars event. Thank you for your interest.


The NEXT for AUTISM Grants Program is funded by proceeds from the Night of Too Many Stars comedy benefit, which in 2017, was done in partnership with HBO.  It supports organizations that provide educational, vocational, social and community-based services to improve outcomes for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. This year, in addition to the existing funding areas, NEXT for AUTISM will prioritize proposals for NEXT for SAFETY, described below.


NEXT for AUTISM will, in its sole discretion, consider supporting non-profit organizations working within the United States that generally meet the following criteria:

  • Have started innovative programs, new services, or new systems or models of service delivery that make improved outcomes likely
  • Can demonstrate program sustainability and measure impact
  • Offer equal access to services by providing them at no charge or with scholarships and/or financial aid to defray costs
  • Preference will be given to those programs that serve the underserved


  • Support requested should benefit individuals with autism and must be used for direct programming.
  • Grants may not be used for capital costs.
  • NEXT for AUTISM prefers program-specific requests, rather than general operating support requests.
  • Preference will be given to programs that utilize an evidence-based methodology.
  • All grantees will be required to file a Grant Report providing feedback to NEXT for AUTISM on the success of implementing the specified purpose of the grant, measurable outcomes, impact and challenges.
  • NEXT for AUTISM requires site visits to new applicant programs.
  • Preference will be given to qualified programs that will also expand the geographic diversity of our grants.
  • Organizations must have non-profit status.


NEXT for SAFETY, a new initiative, offers the opportunity for organizations that serve the autism community

  • to collaborate with first responders, generally law enforcement, to raise awareness and improve public safety for people with autism, and/or
  • to help families and individuals learn to navigate safety issues that are specific to people on the autism spectrum.

Key to receiving funding is the innovation and creativity of the organization’s outreach efforts and the quality of those efforts.  Organizations that have links to, or contact with, local police organizations willing to participate in training will be given preference.  Should a grantee not have a relationship with a safety training organization, NEXT will provide a list of potential training organizations with which to work.

NEXT for SAFETY applicants must meet the General Eligibility and Additional Requirements set forth above.


Step 1 – Letter of Inquiry – Due no later than April 15, 2018.

  • In order to receive a full grant application form, please first submit a Letter of Inquiry. The deadline for LOI’s has passed for the 2018 grant cycle. Please check back in 2020.
  • The grant committee will evaluate your LOI and notify you by June 30th about whether or not we would like you to submit a full proposal.
  • Please do not submit a full proposal (via email or mail) unless requested.

Step 2 – Full Proposal Submission – Due within 30 days of invitation to submit a grant application.

  • If you are invited to submit a full proposal, we will send you a link to the application portal and you will have 30 days to complete the application online.
  • Organizations that did not receive funds from the 2015 Night of Too Many Stars Grants Program will be visited prior to being awarded a grant.
  • We will notify you via email about whether you have been funded after your full proposal is received.

With the exception of providing support to the autism community, NEXT for AUTISM does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, veteran status, or any other status or condition protected by law.