Eligible families include those who live with children under the age of 19 who have significant impairments in one or more of the following areas: health, cognition, communication, sensory motor, social/emotional/behavioural or self help (adaptive).
Families whose children are eligible for supports from the Children and Youth with Special Needs branch of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Families receiving support from other government-funded programs who have demonstrated that the grant from CYSN will complement versus duplicate that support. The Fund helps to meet the needs of families that are not currently met through government-funded programs.
Caregivers and foster parents are not eligible to apply to the CYSN Fund as the intent is to provide support for families who are caring for family members, in family homes. Although foster parents provide a “family” environment, the government is ultimately responsible for children in care.
How many times can families apply to the CYSN Fund?Families can only apply for one-time capital grants through the CYSN Fund. A family’s application should include requests for all eligible items funded by CYSN (i.e. a renovation and wheelchair accessible vehicle). However, we recognize this is not always possible due to delays in quotes or permits. In these situations, families may apply to CYSN in two stages: one time for a vehicle and one time for a home renovation.