In partnership with the National Autistic Society, Thea and Peter Boshier have established a new grant scheme, The Boshier Grant Scheme.
- Projects must align with one of the following priority areas and must have a direct benefit to autistic people:
- Public understanding and representation
- Improve access to education for autistic children
- Improve the quality of education for autistic children
- Improve knowledge, understanding and skills of teachers who look after autistic children.
- Work and employment
- Reduce diagnosis waiting times
- Provide advice and guidance around diagnosis
- Pre- and post-diagnosis support for parents, carers and autistic people themselves.
- Public services and specialist care
- Develop new financial models of providing support (supporting people who opt for self-directed support)
- Improve environments in specialist settings.
- Families and support networks
- Respite care and support for parents/carers, including day trips and outings
- Community support groups
- Support for families when carers are no longer able to provide care (for example, through the death of a carer).
- Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that their project enables at least one of the following themes:
- Values autistic individuals
- Maximises autistic power
- Guarantees support
- Adapts public spaces and services
- Is free from discrimination.
- Grants of up to £25,000 will be awarded to registered charities throughout the UK, who share the National Autistic Society’s vision to create a society that works for autistic people.
- The Boshier Grant Scheme is open to charitable organisations of any size in the UK. Applicants must be registered with the Charity Commission and have a charity number and bank account.
- They will only award grants to projects which benefit the lives of autistic people in the UK. They will not consider applications from outside the UK.
- They will not consider applications for multi-year funding and successful applications must be able to show clear consideration of the financial sustainability of the project and demonstrate how the project will last beyond the lifespan of this funding.
- They prefer to fund projects in full, however, they also accept that large scale projects with large budgets can have enormous benefits to the community. If the contribution from The Boshier Grant Scheme is less than 100% of the total project cost, they expect to see clear evidence of the impact the funding from The Boshier Grant Scheme will have and evidence of match-funding so that the project can go ahead (this includes if unrestricted funds are being used).
- Theywill not fund core costs (the running costs of your organisation, including administration costs, accountancy and audit costs, general office costs). However, they will consider all costs related to a project (including staff costs and overheads).
For more information, visit National Autistic Society.