About the program
The NSDRC Summer Bursary Program offers financial support to North and West Vancouver families/guardians of children and youth who have a special need, disability or are in the process of receiving a diagnosis and may require additional support to attend summer recreation programs, camps or community-based activities. Bursaries can be used towards program or camp fees or to assist with payment of a support worker.
Funding for bursaries is made possible from a contract from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). Other funding sources typically include Variety the Children’s Charity, CIBC Wood Gundy, West Vancouver Community Foundation, Service Clubs and private donations. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the District of West Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and City of North Vancouver through their Community Grants programs.
To be eligible for a bursary children/youth must be no younger than entering pre-school in September and under the age of 19 as of July 1st. Bursary funding maximums change from year to year; the average bursary received is $250 per child. Bursary allocations are dependant on funds available; applicants may or may not receive the maximum bursary.
Bursary applications are now closed. Bursary applications are available annually from February 1 to April 1.
grant allocation process
Funding allocations are made in conjunction with representatives of MCFD and other service providers on the North Shore. Applicants are notified by email as to the amount of bursary allocated by early June. As camp refund policies are usually good and as programs often fill up quickly, we suggest families register their child/youth for a program before receiving bursary confirmation.
Families/guardians are expected to pay for the program/camp first. Reimbursements for costs occur once the NSDRC has received all receipts required. Families/guardians are responsible for hiring their own support worker and paying those wages that are mutually agreed upon. Receipt forms for support work will be issued as required.
For further information or assistance, please call Kathleen Jessop at (604) 904-4090.