Variety Steps In Where Health Care Ends

Variety – the Children’s Charity provides direct help to children in BC and the Yukon with funding for:

  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Mobility equipment and specialized therapies
  • Tuition & Tutoring
  • Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)

Current Grant Priority Areas

Variety BC will be accepting grant applications for the equipment and services of greatest need to our families (with an annual household income of up to $65,000), including:

  • Specialized Therapies (e.g. Speech & language, occupational, physical, counseling)
  • Adaptive Equipment (e.g. Power and manual wheel chairs, adaptive trikes, hearing aids, standing walkers)
  • Custom Orthotics
  • Tutoring Bursaries for Learning Disabilities
  • Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)

Variety BC will be periodically reviewing its grant priority areas throughout the year. We encourage families to regularly check back for the latest updates on granting and eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Requirements

Variety helps children who meet the following criteria:

  1. Children from birth to their 19th birthday.
  2. B.C. or Yukon resident for a minimum of three months with a valid Health Care Card.
  3. Qualified special need (medical/developmental) as recognized by a designated professional.
  4. Financial circumstance that limits the ability to afford the item or service required (Variety is currently able to consider requests from households with an annual income of up to $65,000).

The Application Process

We’re here to help you every step of the way through our confidential application process.

To better serve your needs, Variety BC is currently updating our application system. While we undergo this process, all grant requests will temporarily be vetted via email. Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure your request can be reviewed as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  1. Carefully review the eligibility criteria above, as well as our current grant priority areas.
  2.  To request an application, please send an e-mail to In the e-mail body, please outline the details of your request, including the name and age of your child, diagnosis/special need, and the specifics of your grant request
  3. If it is possible that we can meet your needs, we will send you an application.
  4. We will review you application and let you know the status.


How does Variety help?

Variety steps in where healthcare ends. Individual 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.

Who can apply for an Individual 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:

-Specialized Therapies (e.g. Speech & language, occupational, physical, counseling)
-Adaptive Equipment (e.g. Power and manual wheel chairs, adaptive trikes, hearing aids, standing walkers)
-Custom Orthotics
-Tutoring Bursaries for Learning Disabilities
-Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)

What can’t I apply for?

Variety does not fund:

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 or funding for Autism for children under six years old who receive over $22,000 per year funding
5. Funding for any services related to Autism for children under six years old who receive over $22,000 per year in government 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
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 not does not support special needs
14. Non B.C. or Yukon residents
15. Reports, consultations, assessments
16. Expenses that have already been initiated or have already occurred prior to submission or written approval
17. Incomplete application forms
18. Those without specific certification or professional credentials to deliver services to clients or the use of assistants
19. Children or Youth over 19 years old
20. A child without a personal health number (Care card)
21. More than one request in one year over $4000 total
22. Children under six who qualify for early intervention or services through a Child Development Centre (CDC) or Health Authority (HA). (Top up considered)
23. Equipment from non-Canadian distributors that cannot be invoiced directly from Variety or services outside Canada

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