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Press Release

The Florida Autism Services Grants Council Announces the Start of the 2023 Grant Cycle for Non-Profit Organizations Supporting Autism Services

July 1, 2023 — Each year, the Florida Support Autism Programs Specialty License Plate generates funds that support nonprofit organizations providing direct services for individuals with autism and related disabilities in Florida. The Autism License Plate Fund and the Autism Services Grant Council are administered by Arc Broward, a nationally accredited, Florida, non-profit, Section 501(c)(3) exempt organization.

We invite all eligible non-profit organizations to apply for the grants. The grant application window is open from July 1 – July 31, 2023. To be eligible, organizations must possess a current Internal Revenue Service designation as a 501(c)(3) exempt organization and a current State of Florida Charitable Solicitation Registration number. Grant applications can be accessed and submitted online at www.autismlicenseplate.com/grant-application.

“This month, we celebrated a significant milestone as we sold our 13,000th Autism license plate. Every license plate on our roadways serves as a rolling billboard, raising awareness and reminding everyone that individuals with autism are an integral part of our community,” said Kim Vassar, Chair of the Autism Services Grants Council in Florida. “By purchasing a specialty license plate, individuals not only show their support but also contribute to funding the exceptional work carried out by organizations providing vital Autism services across the state.”

In 2022, we proudly awarded over $141,000 in grants to 19 Florida-based nonprofit organizations, enabling them to implement impactful projects. Some notable programs that received funding included the Virtual Sensory Story Time Kits at the Palm Beach County Library, the Teen Social Skills Group in Lee County, and the “From Scholar to Apprentice: Jacksonville School for Autism on Campus Enterprises for Aging Student Population” in Jacksonville. These grants facilitated the creation and expansion of innovative initiatives that have made a significant difference in the lives of individuals with autism throughout the state.

For those interested in purchasing an Autism license plate, they are conveniently available for purchase at Local, County, and private Motor Vehicle Plate Renewal Offices throughout the state, as well as online. By displaying an Autism license plate, individuals demonstrate their support for the autism community and contribute directly to funding critical services.

For more information visit www.autismlicenseplate.com.

Media Contact
Jenny Mackie
Director of Marketing, Arc Broward
jmackie@arcbroward.com
Office: 954-746-9400 ext. 2203 | Mobile 954-268-6405

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For more information, visit autismlicenseplate.com. To request an interview with a representative from the Autism Services Grant Council please contact Jenny Mackie at jmackie@arcbroward.com

The Autism Services Grants Council was created by the Florida Legislature in 2009 to implement and oversee a grants process for the distribution of funds generated from the sales of the Florida Support Autism Programs Specialty License Plate.

The primary purpose of the Council is to fund service programs for grants to nonprofit organizations to operate direct services programs for individuals with autism and related disabilities in Florida including direct services, evaluation, training, and awareness.

The amount of funds available through the grant process is dependent of the amount of revenue generated by sales of the Florida Support Autism Programs Specialty License Plate. The Autism Services Grants Council is administered by Arc Broward, an IRS exempt Section 501(c)(3), Florida nonprofit organization.

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