About the Hunter Hinze Fund

Grant Opportunities for Autistic Adults

In Memory of Hunter Hinze

The Hunter Hinze Fund was launched by Dr. J.D. and Kathy Hinze, in conjunction with the Autism Society of Texas to honor the memory of their son, Hunter, who passed away at the age of 18 in Spring 2015.  Today the Hunter Hinze grants help autistic adults live their dreams and maximize their potential as they transition throughout adulthood.

It is their wish that these funds be used for:  

    • services and supports that would provide autonomy, skill development; or
    • a sense of purpose that promotes self-sufficiency and fosters independence.

Grants are available for individuals 18 years and older who have a diagnosis of autism and live in Texas.  The money must be used to support adult living goals that reinforce maximum independence.  This grant funding should be considered a payer of last resort after all other funding opportunities have been attempted.

The funds will be paid directly to the organization/business that provides the transition-focused service. Preference will be given to under served or rural areas.  Our priority areas are:

    • community based services
    • social & leisure activities
    • independent living skills
    • vocational skills
    • post-secondary education
    • social/behavior skill development
    • performing and visual arts
    • assistance with transportation in rural areas where gaps in services exist

Funding will not include:

    • direct care staff
    • products and goods that a person needs in daily living care (food, drink, personal care products, etc.)
    • personal fundraising
    • direct housing expenses
    • direct clothing expenses
    • service animals

We reserve the right to refuse requests that are outside of our priority areas.  All grants will be approved based on availability of funds. Autism Society of Texas reserves the right to make changes to this application process. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older on or before the last day of the application period.

The grant committee reserves the right to adjust this amount as funds become available.

Grant Timeline:

Application Period May 1, 2019 to
11:59PM May 31, 2019
Funds available up to: $500
Recipients notified by: June 30, 2019
Funds will be available: July 15, 2019

Applications that are late or incomplete will not be accepted.

Applying for Grant Opportunities Is Fast & Easy

When grant enrollment is open, fill out our short online grant application to get started. Click the link below and complete the information, then hit “Submit” to complete your application. You may save your work and go back to make edits at any point. Grant applications are due no later than 11:59PM on the due date posted. Late applications will not be accepted. Hard copy applications can be printed out and sent to our office (300 East Highland Blvd. Suite 205, Austin, TX 78752) but must be postmarked before midnight on due date.

Hunter Hinze Fund recipients may apply every other year. For example, if you received a grant in 2017, you may apply again in 2019. Thank you.

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How Grants Are Awarded

Each grant proposal is evaluated based on the following criteria:

    • clarity of application
    • alignment with priority areas
    • availability of funds
  • long term impact on life purpose

You will be notified by email or telephone of the decision regarding your grant application within one month of application date closing. Grants with significant conceptual, legibility or clarity problems will not be considered. Grant recipients or the organization/business are required to submit a copy of receipts for purchase of services after the completion of the grant request. All unused funds must be returned at that time. Grant funding checks will be made payable to the business listed on the grant application.

Contact us with any questions at info@texasautismsociety.org.