604-320-0505 or 310-Kids(5437)

1-800-381-2040

info@variety.bc.ca

Meet Our Kids

Our stories are celebrations of Variety kids from across the province whose live you’ve helped transform. Here are just a few of those inspiring stories!

Ways To Get Involved

Frequently Asked Questions

Why support Variety BC?

Variety has been providing direct support to children with special needs. For over 55 years, Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential. Since 2010, Variety has distributed more than $40 million in funding to families and organizations in communities all across the province. When you support Variety, you’re not only transforming the lives of kids in your community but their families as well.

How does Variety help?

Variety steps in where healthcare ends. 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.

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