MCFD-funded Event Bursaries for Parents of Children with ASD
Please note that the MCFD Parent Bursary fund has been exhausted – $60,000 in bursary funds have been distributed since April 2017. While regular registration rates are now in effect, parents of children with special needs and others interested in training, are welcome to apply for an ACT Bursary, if registration cost is a barrier preventing attendance.
ACT’s Bursary Program
How Do I Qualify?
Anyone attending an ACT workshop is eligible if the cost is a barrier preventing attendance. Priority is given to BC residents and to parents and participants who are low income or who are facing significant travel expenses, in addition to the workshop registration fee. We rely on your honest appraisal of your situation. If you cannot otherwise pay for the workshop please contact us. You are not required to provide documentation to support your request. You will receive a response within a week. The earlier you apply, the more likely you are to receive a bursary.
- We cannot grant a bursary request AFTER you have already registered for a workshop.
- All requests must be made at least one week before the workshop date to allow us time to process your application.
- We will honour the event rate based on your bursary application date. So if you apply before the early bird rate, the bursary will be applied against that rate.
- Bursaries are provided as reduced workshop registration fees. We cannot provide bursaries for travel costs.
How do I apply for a bursary?
You must send in your request prior to registering for the event, and at least a week before the event. You can apply in a variety of ways:
- Call ACT at 604-205-5467 (toll free at 1-866-939-5188) before registering and speak to a staff member, or;
- Open the Bursary Application Form, and either:
- Print and mail it to us at
ACT-Autism Community Training
2735 E Hastings St #204
- Print and fax it to us at 604-205-5345
- Save and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Print and mail it to us at
Who bursaries help
- “A special ‘thank you’ for granting the bursary. Otherwise as a student I cannot afford it and would miss great, useful and educational workshops!” – student
- “I work in a small school with limited funds for workshops and salary. As an SEA, I support three high school kids with ASD. I believe that using this proven curriculum (PEERS) could empower them to be successful and help them with their transition to adult life and form healthy relationships.” – para-professional
- “I live in a remote community on the Sunshine Coast, and there are few resources available to my son. I bring in his consultant to our community to work with us, which has used up our autism funds.” – parent
- “I have a support worker to help with this training at school, but I need to receive training and knowledge to support him at home.” – parent
- “I don’t have any ProD funds, but if I can get a bursary, I will bring the info back to my workplace and spread the word.” – para-professional
- “As parents, we are eager to support our son’s goals and help him accomplish more age appropriate tasks, but often lack the skills to do so. We often give up on teaching because it is so frustrating for him and for us. We would very much like to learn how we can better support and help our son, but cannot afford the cost of this event, as our sons funding doesn’t even cover costs for the SLP and Behaviour Consultant.” – parent
Where does the money come from?
ACT provides bursary funds from our own resources, profit from book sales, and through support from private donors (see our donations page for a list of our donors).
How can I donate to the bursary fund?
ACT’s Bursary Program
2017 – ACT Bursary Program Reduced
In 2017, ACT’s event bursary program were reduced due to the elimination of MCFD funding and the cancellation of our contract. However, we will still offer, to the best of our financial ability, bursaries for those most in need, including para-professionals, parents who have children with special needs other than autism, adults with ASD, and professionals who need to travel outside of their home regions. We will also be providing reduced registration fees to attend our web streamed events. For information on how to apply for an ACT bursary, please visit the Bursaries FAQ page. On March 31, 2017, MCFD provided ACT with funding to introduce a special bursary program for parents of children with ASD – see details above.
ACT provided $27,000 in bursaries in the form of reduced registration fees to parents, adults with autism, para-professionals and professionals, targeting low income registrants and/or those who had to travel outside their home regions to attend ACT’s events. This is part of ACT’s commitment to increase accessibility to training.
Donate to Support our Event Bursary Fund
Donations to our bursary fund are gratefully received. ACT is a registered Canadian charitable organization. We can provide tax receipts for donations over $10. Donate and learn more about supporting ACT’s bursary fund.
If you have been awarded a bursary and can no longer attend the event, please email us five working days before the event. Those who cannot provide this advance warning will still be eligible for a web streamed event.