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Foundation offers £5000 funding to support autistic students

The Sheila Coates Foundation has launched its rapid impact fund scheme offering mainstream secondary schools and colleges in England the chance of accessing £5,000 to support autistic students. This is round 8 of the rapid impact fund, and its aim is to address real issues facing autistic students in a short time frame. The previous rounds helped over 12,500 autistic students in over 350 schools and colleges to access mainstream education. Upwards of 97% of schools reported a positive impact after just 5 months.

The focus for this round is “mental health and well-being in autistic young people”. Autistic young people can of course have good mental health, however around 70% have mental health difficulties. The funding can be used to offer practical solutions such as sensory spaces and equipment, training and development, additional staff time or specialist interventions. Previous examples of projects are available on the website.

The fund applications are now open and close on 7th May.