Support for families coping with developmental disabilities and/or special needs dependents

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Hi, Funds Fans!  Another glorious Wednesday in the Fraser Valley.  Today, we highlight funding support for families coping with dependents who have developmental disabilities and/or special needs.

Giving in Action provides financial support through the Family Independence Fund which helps families throughout the province who have children or adults with developmental disabilities living at home.  Another program, called the Children and  Youth with Special Needs Fund provides grants to families throughout the province who have children or youth (under 19) with special needs living at home.

Grants from the Family Independence Fund help with the care of the relative by providing one time grants to support  projects such as home renovations — including lifts, elevators, ramps, flooring, door widening — or vehicle modifications that enable the individual with the developmental disability to live in the family home and access their community.

The Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN) Fund helps address family needs that are not currently met through government-funded programs. Families receiving support from other  government-funded programs are still eligible for CYSN grants; however, these funds must complement, not duplicate, that support.

Applications are accepted year-round and begins with a Letter of Inquiry which must include a Letter of Support from an appropriate professional (i.e. Occupational or Physical Therapist, Doctor or Social Worker).

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