Families with children experiencing the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can now apply for grant funding to help with respite or relief needs.
Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) is working with the Vancouver Foundation and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to distribute these funds to families of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
The funding can be used for a variety of relief needs including respite care providers, overnight or sibling care, summer camps, community programs, recreational activities, special events, groceries, physical and/or mental wellness supports, and more.
There are no restrictions for what the funding can be used for and families will not be required to submit receipts or report on spending.
Grants will total $3,080.00 per year for two years to selected families and 402 two-year grants are available in B.C., divided between Vancouver and the lower mainland and the rest of the province.
The application process will be low-barrier featuring simple, confidential forms, where no supplemental medical documents will be needed and a formal diagnosis is not required.
CSFS will gather/receive grant applications from across B.C., including all regions outside of the lower mainland.
Successful applicants will be selected by way of a randomized selection process.
The grant is for those under the age of 19 who live in B.C, but to apply for funding from CSFS specifically applicants must live outside of the lower mainland.
The funding is also per family, not per child.
On Feb. 9 applications will be open and accepted online and over the phone (250-562-3591). The application period closes on March 2.
Then from March 2 to March 9 random selection of the grant recipients takes place.
You can find out more information through CSFS website.