Sunshine Coach Grants
Our Sunshine Coach Program gives kids access to life-enriching education and experiences.
Our Legacy Since 1966
For over 55 years, we’ve awarded Sunshine Coach grants to organizations that enhance the lives of kids with special needs.
In partnership with Coastal Ford, we’ve awarded more than 600 of these grants over 15 years, providing safe and reliable transportation for kids.
Safe transportation for kids across BC
- The Variety Sunshine Coach Program is a cost sharing program, applicant to be a provincial (BC) non-profit society with audited financial statements, and federally registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency.
- The vehicle must be used for children, 25% of which should be children with special needs (low income and mental health are also eligible needs).
- Applications are reviewed by our Board semi-annually and is dependent on available funds.
Sunshine Coach Grant Terms & Conditions
Sunshine Coach Grant Application Process
Review Eligibility Requirements and the Terms and Conditions.
The eligibility requirements are listed above and you can download the Terms and Conditions.
Review Driving Policy and Guidelines
Download: 2021 SSC Driving Policy and Guidelines.pdf
Download an Application
Click on the button below to download an application form.
Fill out the Application Form and provide supporting documents.
See the below checklist for documents you also need to submit with your application. This will include a signed Terms and Requirements form.
Variety will review your application
We will respond to your application within 2 weeks to tell you if we have enough information to present to our Board.
Variety Board will review your application.
Once our Board makes a decision, we will notify you.
If you have been awarded a Sunshine Coach Grant
BONITA / MARINI – WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS
Annual Evaluation Forms
Each summer we will request that you fill out an evaluation form to ensure the coach is in good service and meeting the needs of your organization.
Checklist of Supporting Documents
Your complete, signed application
Most recent audited financial
Current list of officers and board directors
Provide two letters of reference
These can be from?
Apply for a Sunshine Coach Grant
Get safe and reliable transportation for your organization so you can better serve kids with special needs and their families. Download our application form here:
Sunshine Coach Annual Evaluation Form
Download our 2022 Evaluation Form, completed it and email it back to us.
Sunshine Coach Donor Naming Recognition Form
Donors that have given $1,047 or more, can choose to have their name recognized on a Sunshine Coach.
We try to recognize donations in the order we receive them however demand for coaches in some regions is greater than others and donations with fewer geographic restrictions can be recognized sooner.
We will work hard to honour your geographic requests in a timely manner, but if Variety has been unable to recognize your donation after a year, your name will be placed on a coach anywhere in BC as needed.
Donations will be recognized as new Sunshine Coaches are requested and approved.
You will need to tell us the following:
- Your Name or Organization Name
- Your email address
- Recognition Name to have on a Sunshine Coach
- Geographic location you’d like to have your name recognized in
Frequently Asked Questions
When can we apply for a Sunshine Coach?
Variety opens the Sunshine Coach Application with 2 yearly submission deadlines, one in April and another one in September.
How does the Sunshine Coach program work?
Variety Sunshine Coach Program is a 50-50 cost sharing program, and once granted, the vehicle is owned and operated by the organization.
How many seats are available for the coach?
We have a 7 seater, 15 seater and 24 seater coaches.
Any warranty on the coaches, and any maintenance provided?
Each vehicle is covered by a standard manufacturer warranty. However, maintenance is the responsibility of the recipient organization.
Can an organization apply for more than one Sunshine Coach?
Yes, an organization can apply for more than one Sunshine Coach.