F.A.Q.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications will be awarded as long as funding is available. Applications will be kept eligible until December 1st of each calendar year. A family can only apply once per calendar year.

Only applications that are complete and legible with all required documentation included will be considered. We do not accept phone calls asking if applications have been received. As soon as the process is complete we will contact you by mail or email detailing whether you have been approved or if more information is needed.

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 most 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: Can I fax or email my grant application?

No, all applications must be submitted through the website or sent by postal mail.

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. We cannot accept phone calls asking if applications have been received.

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

Approved applications will normally be given out within 60 days of receiving an application. Applicants will be notified by mail or email if applications are incomplete and additional information is required.

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 the 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'm not sure if this request falls within the grant guidelines, Should I still send in an application?

Yes. If your request is for something other than NECESSITIES for your child with autism, it does not fall within the grant guidelines. Those questionable necessities will be determined by the Foundation board members and must be supported by a recommendation letter.

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

Yes.

LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: The Carlos Vieira Foundation is not responsible for any injury or accident (including any injury caused by negligence) that may occur with any of the awarded items associated with this Direct Grant program. The person(s) applying for this Direct Grant must assume full and complete responsibility for the proper use of grant awarded items.