Awards and Funding

Every year, Autism Ontario, various organizations and businesses, and the Provincial and Federal Government offer various awards, scholarships, and funding opportunities to help autistic youth and adults reach their full potential. Browse the opportunities below.

Autism Ontario Opportunities

Building Brighter Futures Fund (BBFF)

The purpose of BBFF is to provide financial assistance directly to autistic adults in Ontario through a reimbursement of funds spent to access greater participation in their local communities.

Program fees for recreation or skill development, respite, professional supports, tuition, or other creative solutions connected to building life plans for autistic adults will be considered for reimbursement.

Successful candidates will receive reimbursement of up to $500.00. An individual may receive this reimbursement only once.

The David Conforti - Reach for the Stars Award

David Conforti was a remarkable and caring young man who made a difference in his community and inspired others through his volunteer work in York Region, Ontario. In order to recognize the importance of volunteering in David’s life, and to further encourage and recognize volunteerism with community impact among other people with autism, his family, together with the Autism Ontario – York Region Chapter, created The David Conforti - Reach for the Stars Award, as a lasting tribute and in memory of David Conforti’s life.

The Hollylynn Towie Scholarship

Hollylynn Towie was an excellent student, loving daughter, wonderful friend, and autistic young person. Tragically, Hollylynn passed away in a house fire in Whitby on April 29th, 2012 along with her two best friends. Her family has given us the honour of setting up a scholarship fund in her memory and has worked tirelessly year after year to raise money for the fund.

Education Scholarships

Each year, Autism Ontario awards scholarships to outstanding students entering their first year of a post-secondary program throughout Ontario. Autism Ontario will be accepting online-only applications for scholarships from April 1, 2024 - April 30, 2024.

Government Funding for Adults

While the Ontario Autism Program doesn’t currently extend past the age of 18, there are some government funding options for autistic and/or disabled adults, such as the Ontario Disability Support Program, Developmental Services Ontario Passport Funding, the Disability Tax Credit, and a Registered Disability Savings Plan.

External Funding Resources
by the National Educational Association for Disabled Students
Lime Connect Scholarships
Student Awards OSAP