Summer camps and after-school enrichment programs can be expensive for some families. For this reason, many generous non-profit organizations and their donors provide financial assistance to these families.
Finding Sponsoring Organizations
Sponsors are hard to find, and finding a sponsor will take a lot of work on a family’s part.
You will unlikely find a sponsor by just calling an organization up when you are ready to register for a program. Instead, most sponsors have a long relationship with a family already. Organizations like Family First Councils and Board of Developmental Disabilities have enrichment funding for long-standing clients. If you have a relationship with one of these types of organizations already, start with your family’s contact person at that organization.
Many times, to be considered for an organization’s sponsorship or scholarship, applicants must live in a particular region, have a certain income level, or the applicant’s child must be acknowledged as having a challenge or disability. These scholarships and sponsorships are meant for the neediest of families, and each organization has their own guidelines for sponsoring children for a summer or after-school program.
Once You’ve Found a Sponsor
Congratulations on finding a sponsor! You’ve finished one of the hardest steps in enrolling your child in a program. However, you still have work to do to enroll your child.