August 2014

The government has made £1.2 million of funding available to improve local autism services and increase awareness. The funding is available as part of Think Autism, the update to the 2010 Adult Autism Strategy for England.

Local authorities, NHS, third sector, commercial and voluntary organisations or individuals with autism in co-production with any of the above are all encouraged to apply.

Funding will be awarded in 2 main areas:

£1 million for innovative projects to improve advice and support services and skills and employment services for those with autism

Round 3 provision for the National Offender Management Service European Social Fund 2014-2020 programme – to help offenders move towards mainstream provision or into employment by addressing their barriers to work through facilitating access to comprehensive support mechanisms appropriate to their individual circumstance and assessed need.

NOMS has recently announced that they will tender to procure providers to deliver Round 3 provision for the National Offender Management Service European Social Fund 2014-2020 programme.