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Opportunity Project

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 Chromebook or tablet for school, a prom dress, or a sports uniform.


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 either:

1. reunified with their family but remain in Family Maintenance, or
2. completed the adoption process, or
3. aged out of foster care

remain eligible for Opportunity funds for 12 months from the date of their departure from foster care.

Funding Limits: 

Due to our successful fundraising and grant writing, we’ve eliminated the $500/child/calendar year limit. The committee strongly encourages the requestor to seek out scholarships and reductions in fees BEFORE applying for an Opportunity Project Grant.

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. 

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

The online form isn’t working right now. Please download the pdf and email to director@marinfostercare.org.

You can download a PDF version of the application below

Opportunity Fund Request Form 

Opportunity Fund Request Application

All information must be supplied before application will be considered. Fill out one form for each child applying for funds.


    Name of Caregiver







    Name of child to receive funds

    Age of child to receive funds

    Name of County that placed child in your home

    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

    Proof of Activity/Item is Attached

    You can download a PDF version of the application below

    Opportunity Fund Request Form