This initiative provides direct financial assistance to local individuals with autism and their families. Many individuals with autism and their families are still in need of immediate support due to financial hardship, job insecurity, and disruption of community resources and services related to COVID-19. 

These grants are currently made possible with funding from PEATC.

ASCV COVID-19 Relief Fund

The ASCV’s COVID-19 Relief Fund was established to assist individuals and families with groceries and essential household supplies. Through this financial assistance program, individuals with autism and their caregiver(s) will be eligible to receive up to $100 for essential items & groceries.


Adults with autism and parent(s)/legal guardians who are the primary caregiver of an individual with autism are eligible for this program.

  • Priority will be given to ASCV members and those who have not previously received funding.
  • An application can be submitted for each individual on the spectrum within a household.
  • Partial grants could be awarded.
  • The household must reside in our service territory.*
*ASCV Service Territory: Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Amelia, Dinwiddie, Goochland, King William, Louisa, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George; and the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg.

Application Process

To apply for this program, please complete the application by clicking the button below.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  The number of applications awarded will be based on the number received and the amount of funds available.  Applicants will receive a notification regarding the outcome of their funding request once a decision has been made.  If awarded, gift cards and/or items will be distributed within a week of notification.

If you would like to apply by mail instead of online, please download the application and mail your completed forms to the ASCV at 200 S. 3rd St., Richmond, VA 23219.

If you need assistance completing your application and/or have any questions, please contact us [email protected].

We are proud to be here as a support and resource for you and your family during this time!

Eligible Items

Groceries & Essential Items (up to $100)

  • Walmart E-Gift Card
  • Food Lion E-Gift Card
  • Publix Gift Card (mailed)

You can help us fill this urgent need by making a gift to the ASCV today.
To restrict your funds to only be used for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, please include a note with your donation.

All donations are tax deductible.  Under the new CARES Act, charitable donations up to $300 will be an “above the line” tax deduction on 2020 tax returns. “Above the line” means that you do NOT need to itemize to take this deduction on your 2020 taxes.  Our EIN is 46-1250829.

Thank you to Food Lion for their generous support of the ASCV's COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Thanks also to Publix and Wegman’s for their contributions.

Applicants for funding through this program may be receiving other federal, state or local benefits and services. Because financial eligibility for programs varies greatly, funding paid directly to the individual or to a representative on the individual’s behalf may be counted as “unearned income” and could impact program eligibility. It is up to the individual to confirm this with any other program through which they may be receiving support.