Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How do I apply for assistance from the Carlos Vieira Foundation for my child?

    First, review the eligibility criteria. If you meet these, then you must complete a grant application. You must also submit supporting documentation including your child’s diagnosis of autism and a copy of your 1040 form from your recent tax return for each parent/guardian. A recommendation letter from a medical professional and the electronic device form may also be required (refer to application check list).

  • Q: Why does the application require my social security number?

    We require social security numbers to award grants, because you will be engaging in a transaction that requires notification to the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Q: Is the grant awarded based on annual income?

    All families with a child diagnosed with autism are welcome to apply. Annual income is not a deciding factor in the approval process.

  • Q: What if I am unable to upload a document while completing the application on your website?

    If you are unable to upload a document(s), please continue to submit application online and email document(s) to  

  • Q: I've sent my application in. How long until I know if my application has been approved?

    Once an application and all required documentation is received, the grant review board will determine whether or not you have been approved or if additional information is needed. A letter will be mailed or emailed to you within 30 days noting the status of your application.

    If you are sent a letter to submit additional information, you will have a period of 5 weeks to submit missing documentation. If you do not submit, a second and final letter will be sent requesting the information. If you do not submit the documentation requested by the deadline noted on the second request letter your application will automatically be closed.

  • Q: How can I confirm that my application has been received?

    You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your online application. When you mail your application, request delivery confirmation or a return receipt from the post office.

  • Q: Is there a maximum amount I can request?

    The maximum amount we can award per child is $500 per year.

  • Q: Are grant funds paid directly to families?

    At no time are funds transferred to families. All grants awarded are paid directly to the vendor and/or service provider. When filling out the grant application, you must be VERY specific on the items needed, where to buy them, and the estimated cost for each item. If money is requested for medically related bills, the billing information and amount is required.

  • Q: We have so many medical bills, we're having trouble paying the rent/electric/water/telephone bills. Can the Foundation help pay these types of bills?

    The guidelines of this grant do not allow payment for anything other than bills or materials that are directly related to your child with autism.

  • Q: I have health insurance. Can I still apply for assistance?


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