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Opportunity Fund

Thanks to generous donations and grants from individuals and community partners, we have funding available to cover tutoring or after school enrichment–including arts and sports programs specifically. The goal of the Opportunity Project is to provide extra academic support to foster children who have often had an inconsistent school experience, or to support the development of the whole child by providing assistance for enrichment activities specifically tailored to a foster child’s immediate needs, interests and abilities. 

Opportunity Project Policy

Fundable services include, but are not limited to, tutoring, enrichment classes, sports programs and camps. Grants may also be used to purchase items that will contribute substantially to a particular foster child’s physical, mental or emotional well-being. Such items might include, for example, a musical instrument for a budding musician, a laptop for school, a prom dress, or a sports uniform.

Eligibility:

All current foster children placed by Marin County Department of Health and Human Services are eligible to apply. In addition, former Marin foster children who have reunified with their family or have completed the adopted process remain eligible for Opportunity funds for 12 months from the date of their departure from foster care.

Funding Limits: 

Except in extraordinary circumstances, funding will be limited to a maximum of $500 per child, per year.

Award Criteria:

Requests are considered in the order received by the Marin Foster Care Association Opportunity Fund Committee. Funding is limited and is insufficient to support all requests. Therefore, the Committee will weigh the severity of the child’s need and the value of the services sought in determining whether, and how much, to award. 

Application and Award Procedure:

  • Always ask the vendor for a scholarship or discount prior to submitting application. The vast majority of camps, sports leagues, etc will discount or scholarship a foster child. This will extend our funds, allow us to approve more requests and advance awareness of the child welfare system. 
  • Submit proof of activity/item cost with the application. A flyer, screenshot of website, invoice, receipt, etc all suffice.
  • Complete all fields of form, especially age of child and zip code.
  • Families may apply for and receive multiple grants in the same calendar year, up to the annual funding limit. 

Opportunity Grants are made possible through the generous donations of individuals and foundations to Marin Foster Care Association.

                   

Opportunity Fund Request Application

All information must be supplied before application will be considered

Date

Name of Caregiver

Address, City, State Zip

Phone

Email

Name(s), age(s) and county of placement of child/ren to receive funds

Check title of person filling out this form
Foster ParentCASAAdoptive ParentRelative Care ProviderNon-Relative Care ProviderSocial WorkerFamily Advocate

Supply name of person filling out this form

Amount of funding requested

Name, description and why activity/item was chosen/is needed

Period of time grant will cover (include start and end date)

My request for a scholarship/discount was approved by vendor
YesNo

Proof of Activity/Item is Attached


You can download a PDF version of the application below

Opportunity Fund Request Form