Programs & Resources

Program Funding (Financial Assistance)

DSRF significantly subsidizes all its programs and services to make them as affordable and accessible as possible for all families. The DSRF Bursary Program is additional financial assistance provided to families most in need.

Special COVID-19 Program Funding

The Down Syndrome Resource Foundation (DSRF) is pleased to provide a special Children & Youth Bursary Program to assist families with the cost of DSRF programs during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Bursary Program was originally established by DSRF Board Director George Klukas, who believes financial difficulties should not be a barrier for families to access DSRF’s programs. The program is made possible by the continued support of Mr. Klukas, other major donors, and the Triple-21 Bursary Program which directs 21% of funds donated by individuals and corporations who participate in the monthly giving campaign directly to bursaries.

Eligibility:

1. Child must be 18 years of age or younger as of the date of the application;

2. Child must be a resident of British Columbia for a minimum of 3 months;

3. Child must have a diagnosis of Down syndrome;

4. Child must be a registered student or client of a DSRF program;

5. Applicant (or applicant family) accounts with DSRF must be current. Those with accounts in arrears are ineligible to receive bursaries.

6. Current total household gross income must be no greater than $100,000.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until further notice. You must submit your application and supporting documents by email to info@dsrf.org.

Click here to download the COVID-19 Bursary Application Form.

External Funding Opportunities

In addition to DSRF's program bursaries, the following organizations provide funding for children's programs on an individualized basis:

Families approved for the At Home Program can access an annual maximum of $3,840 for each of three types of therapies: speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Click here for further information.

For adult students, the following post-secondary programs have been approved as programs of study that lead to a gain or improvement in skills needed to work in the National Occupation List of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and are qualified programs for tuition tax credits: Reading and Communication Plus, Budgeting and Money Math, and Social Communication and Navigation. DSRF will issue a T2202A E certificate for tuition paid in each calendar year. These programs are also eligible for the use of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP).

Down Syndrome Resource Foundation
1409 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby
British Columbia, Canada
V5B 4J8

Fax: +1 604 431 9248
Phone: +1 604 444 3773
E-mail: info@dsrf.org
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