Event Bursaries

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. We rely on your honest appraisal of your situation. 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 as ACT has limited bursary resources.

  • We cannot grant a bursary request AFTER you have already registered and paid for a workshop.
  • Please check for the bursary application deadline for the event you are interested in. 
  • We will honour the event rate based on your bursary application date. So if you apply before the early bird rate expires, the bursary will be applied against that rate.
  • Bursaries are provided as reduced workshop registration fees. We cannot provide bursaries for travel costs.
  • Bursaries cannot be applied to rate reductions (i.e. group discounts or special offers).
  • Indigenous organizations and families affected by autism and related conditions are eligible for free registration. View details here.

How do I apply for a bursary?

Please fill out the Bursary Request Form for the event below by the deadline noted. You must send in your request prior to registering for the event. We will reply to your request within 5 working days. If you cannot use the form, please email info@actcommunity.ca or call ACT at 604-205-5467 or toll-free at 1-866-939-5188.

Executive Function Skills with Sarah Ward – A Webinar Series (July 29 to August 29, 2021)
Deadline to apply: July 5, 2021

If you self identify as an Indigenous person, or you work with an organization that supports Indigenous families, please contact ACT at info@actcommunity.ca for details of our Bursary Program for the Indigenous Community.

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?

If you’d like to help, see the donating page on our website; contact ACT directly by phone at 604-205-5467 (toll free at 1-866-939-5188); or send an email to dpugh@actcommunity.ca

ACT’s Bursary Program

In 2019 ACT awarded $11,000 in bursaries.

In 2018 ACT awarded $23,000 in bursaries.

2017 – ACT Bursary Program Reduced
In 2017, ACT’s event bursary program were reduced due to the cancellation of our contract from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. 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.

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.

Cancellation Policy

If you have registered for the Social Thinking web stream on August 20 & 21 and are unable to attend

  • Post-live stream, the recording of this presentation will be available from Tuesday, August 25 to Tuesday, September 8. There will be no extensions provided.
  • Refunds for registration, less a $25 handling charge, are available if you notify ACT by August 5th.
  • As of August 6th no refunds will be provided.