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Autism funding announced: Funds released for not-for-profits supporting autistic people during coronavirus

A new funding stream for local not-for-profits which are providing vital support to autistic people and their families during the coronavirus outbreak has been announced by Voluntary Action Sheffield  (VAS).

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Prior to the crisis, £45,000 of funding was secured by the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to help voluntary and community sector organisations develop preventative resources and less formal support mechanisms for autistic adults and their families. £22,858 of this funding was previously allocated to seed funding pilot projects.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, co-production workshop participants have agreed that this small grants element should instead be allocated to organisations providing support during this critical time.

Total funding of £6,000 will be available to applicants over a three-month period in the first instance, with each project able to apply for up to £1,500.

Projects must support autistic people and/or their families (not face-to-face) and "provide practical or emotional support in relation to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis".

The deadline for proposals is 5pm on Monday 20 April. Further details are available via the VAS website, including information required for successful proposals.

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