Direct Help Grant Program

The Direct Help Grant Program is offered through the Foundation to provide services, medical necessities, and educational tools to families who live in Central California that are affected by Autism. Families must complete the application and provide all required appropriate supporting documentation and live in one of the following counties in order to be considered eligible.


  • Merced

  •  Butte

  • Stanislaus

  • Colusa

  • Madera

  • El Dorado

  • Mariposa

  • Sutter

  • Tuolumne

  • Yuba

  • San Joaquin

  • Yolo

  • Fresno

  • Placer

  • Sacramento

  • Kings

  • Shasta

  • Tulare

  • Tehema

  • Kern

  • Glenn



Please read the grant program Frequently Asked Questions prior to applying to ensure you are eligible. (Click here for Spanish.) There are several documents that are required in order to be considered. Make sure you have the following documents ready prior to submitting:

• Referral Letter by Physician, Speech Therapist, Behavioral Therapist, etc. detailing that the item you are requested would be beneficial to your child according to their professional expertise.
• Tax Return – A financial document noting the child as YOUR dependent is required. If no tax return is available, another document noting the child as your dependent by a governing body such as Social Security would be acceptable.
• Diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder by a medical professional.
• Complete Application with current address and parental/guardian signatures
• Electronic Device Form – If you are requesting an electronic device such as an iPAD or other educational tool, you must complete the Electronic Device Form found here and include it with your application
• MedicAlert Application – if you are requesting MedicAlert membership and a Medical ID you must complete the MedicAlert Application found here and include it with your application.

All of the bulleted items above must be submitted with the application in order to be approved. Any missing items will be requested.

Click here to be taken to the application page or download the application (click here for application in Spanish) and mail it in with all necessary documents to the following address:
Carlos Vieira Foundation
6079 Washington Blvd.
Livingston, CA 95334

Application Timeframes

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

If you are sent a letter to submit additional information, you will have a period of 60 days 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 denied.

If your application is denied, you will not be able to submit again for assistance until the next calendar year.

If your application is approved, you may request additional items once each calendar year.

If you have questions about the application process, please use the contact us form detailing your questions and a member of our grant review team will get back to you within two business days.