Child Grant Application Process

How to apply for a child grant to ensure you get the support you need.

1. Family reviews currently available child grants and eligibility criteria.

2. Family downloads and completes child grant application and collects supporting documents as per document checklist.

3. Family submits completed application and supporting documents.

4. Variety Granting Team reviews application and requests any additional information from family, if needed.

5. Variety Granting Team approves or denies grant.

6. If grant is approved, child is given support by appropriate vendor such as therapist, counsellor, educator, equipment supplier, etc. Grants may be approved for up to one year.

7. Vendor bills Variety directly for services.

8. Variety will pay for services directly to the vendor in support of the family for the grant period.

9. Family reapplies for grant once grant period has expired.

Child Grant Application Process

Variety steps in where healthcare ends. Individual child grants are designed to be flexible to allow you to apply for the items that best meet your child’s needs. As every child is unique, so is every application and each is reviewed on an individual basis. Variety aims to fill the gaps which are not covered by government programs, healthcare or private health plans. Sometimes, Variety tops up funding where another agency cannot fund the entire cost. An example would be a partial contribution towards vehicle modifications.

The child grant application process and instructions below are for these child grants:

  • Adaptive/Mobility Equipment
  • Mental Wellness
  • Private Assessments
  • Specialized Therapies
  • Tuition & Tutoring

Click here for specific information for Type 1 Diabetes Support

Child Grant Application Process

We’re here to help you every step of the way through our confidential application process. 
Please follow the instructions below carefully to ensure your request can be reviewed as soon as possible.

Review the child grants we have available right now.

Our current child grants are for adaptive and mobility equipment, mental wellness, private assessments, specialized therapies, tuition & tutoring and we have a child grant for Type 1 Diabetes Support. Review each of these web pages for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

Review eligibility criteria as shown above to ensure your child and family are qualified to apply.

Download the Grant Application to your computer and save it

Download the Grant Application to your computers and save it before typing in the form. Remember to save it while you are filling it out to keep all your changes.

Complete the Application

Complete the application using your computer to populate the “”fill-able”” fields. Alternatively, you can print the form and complete it by hand.

Download all the relevant checklists below

Each type of grant has very specific checklists.  Please review carefully to ensure you download the checklists you need to review.

Collect Supporting Documents

Collect all supporting documents outlined in the relevant checklists. Please note that we can only work with Canadian vendors, suppliers, and therapists.

Send your completed application and supporting documents

Send your completed application and all the required supporting documents to Variety BC by email (preferred) or standard mail:

1. Email  to: [email protected].

2. Standard mail to:

Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC
4300 Still Creek Drive
Burnaby BC V5C 6C6

Please Note: To be considered, grant applications must be complete and submitted together with supporting documents.

Child Grant Supporting Documents

Your Completed Signed Application from a Parent/Caregiver Must Include:

A current letter of justification/referral

A current letter of justification/referral from medical/social/SLP therapist/educational professional/consulting team member which includes/states: special need(s) of child or “red flag” signs indicating need for assessment and how request will support the overall care plan of the child.

Please Note: The referral can not be from the vendor or service provider your child will be receiving support from.

Confirmation of therapy or equipment cost

For therapies, you will need a letter from a certified Therapist that includes the number of sessions, length of sessions, cost per session, total amount.

For adaptive equipment and orthotics, you will need a detailed quote for each item of adaptive equipment.

For psychoeducational/autism assessments you will need a detailed quote from the Assessment provider.

For tutoring, you will need a letter from a qualified/certified tutor/tutoring service with the hourly rate.

Click on the below document checklists to download the list relevant to your application for more details.

A current Notice of Assessment (NOA) from Canada Revenue Agency

A current Notice of Assessment (NOA) from Revenue Canada for each adult (household) contributor that shows net income (line 23600) or Canada Child Benefit (CCB) notice statement that shows net family income. (T4 slips, T1 summaries or pay stubs will NOT be accepted).

Download: Canada Revenue Agency: Sample Notice of Assessment

Please download and review these specific checklists that pertain to the grant you are applying for: 

Orthopaedic Checklist

Adaptive Equipment Checklist

Counselling Checklist

Autism or Psychoeducational Checklist

Specialized Therapies Checklist

Tutoring Checklist

Download: Tutoring Checklist

Tuition Checklist

Download: Tuition Checklist

Apply for a Child Grant

If you have read all the Eligibility Requirements, review the Grant Application Process, gathered all the Supporting Documents you need from the Checklists, then please download your application here:

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Variety help?

Variety steps in where health care ends aiming to fill the gaps which are not covered by government programs, health care or private health plans. Variety relies solely on the generosity of individuals, corporate sponsors and organizations to fund our child grants. Grants are designed to be flexible to allow you to apply for the items that best meet your child’s needs. As every child is unique, so is every application and each is reviewed on an individual basis. Sometimes, Variety tops up funding where another agency cannot fund the entire cost. An example would be a partial contribution towards vehicle modifications.

Who can apply for a child grant?

Only families whose child meets all of the following criteria can be considered for an individual grant:
– Children from birth to their 19th birthday
– A child must be a B.C. resident with a valid Personal Health Number (PHN) or Yukon resident with a valid Health Care Card
– Qualified special need (medical and/or developmental) as confirmed by a designated health care professional
– Financial circumstance that limits the ability to afford the item or service required

What can I apply for?

Our current grant priority areas are:

  • Adaptive & Mobility Equipment (e.g. Power and manual wheel chairs, adaptive trikes, hearing aids, standing walkers, custom orthotics, van conversions)
  • Mental Wellness Counselling
  • Specialized Therapies (e.g. Speech & language, occupational, physical, music, equine & counselling)
  • Tuition & Tutoring Bursaries for Learning Disabilities
  • Private Autism/Psychoeducational Assessments
  • Type 1 Diabetes support

What can’t I apply for?

No medicines/prescriptions, eye glasses or dental
1. Services or equipment not directly related to a child’s special/extra needs and which are not deemed medically/developmentally necessary
2. Alternative or naturopathic treatments or those not provided in person including neuroplasticity or computer stimulation
3. Any program/service or equipment that can be or is paid wholly by government (including Autism, At Home, Early Intervention, Health Region, First Nations Health, BC Family Residence Program. Top up considered
4. Behavioral Intervention/Consultation
5. Funding for any services related to Autism for children under six years old who receive over $22,000 per year in government funding. Except for music therapy will be considered for under six year olds with Autism funding.
6. Childcare, respite or related programs/services
7. Warranties, insurance, maintenance, service agreements, batteries, repairs
8. Administrative fees or operational costs
9. Vehicles – except: Sunshine Family Van program and van conversions (including van ramp and tie downs) to a maximum of $7,500
10. Medical services plans, premiums, deductibles – except for type 1 diabetic supplies.
11. Apps or software for technology
12. Travel costs including: time, gas, mileage, truck or car rentals, parking or insurance
13. Sports equipment that is non-adaptive or does not support special needs
14. Non-B.C. residents
15. Reports, consultations, assessments – except autism/psychoeducational assessments
16. More than one autism/psychoeducational assessment per child
17. Expenses that have already been initiated or have already occurred prior to submission or written approval
18. Incomplete application forms
19. Those without specific certification or professional credentials to deliver services to clients or the use of assistants
20. Children or Youth over 19 years old
21. A child without a personal health number (Care card)
22. More than two request in one Variety fiscal year over $4000 total
23. Children under five who qualify for early intervention or services through a Child Development Centre (CDC) or Health Authority (HA). (Top up considered)
24. Equipment from non-Canadian distributors that cannot be invoiced directly from Variety or services outside Canada

How much can I ask for?

Variety’s funding is always based on what funds are available. We will consider one application per year, per child and must be completed within one Variety fiscal year. Your priorities must be listed on the application for Variety’s consideration.
Limits also include:
– Therapies: Maximum $2,500 per year for one and $4,000 total for two.
– Tutoring: Maximum $1,500 per year; Tuition: Maximum $4,000 per year (reviewed only from August to October)
– Compliance with our policies and guidelines does not guarantee funding of any application.