“Summer camps, dance classes, sports teams and swim lessons create lasting childhood memories, but some Carlsbad children miss out because their families can’t afford them,” said Bonnie Elliott, management analyst for the City of Carlsbad’s Parks & Recreation Department. The City of Carlsbad Opportunity Grants program gives low-income families in Carlsbad the chance to involve their children ages 17 and younger in camps and classes that would otherwise be financially out of reach. The program is made possible by generous donations of residents and community members, who can sponsor a year of programs for a child for just $150.
“Children who participate in recreation programs develop important social skills and engage in healthy activities in a safe environment,” said Elliott. “They also make new friends and have a whole lot of fun. Opportunity Grants make these developmental milestones accessible for all children and families in Carlsbad.”
Opportunity grants are awarded to families who are residents of Carlsbad, meet income eligibility requirements and complete a grant application with supporting documentation. Since the start of the program in 1997, more than 650 families have received grants enabling them to enroll their children in City of Carlsbad preschool programs, swim lessons, dance classes, summer camps, sports leagues and more.
“This holiday season, we encourage Carlsbad neighbors looking for a way to give back to their community to consider making a donation to the Opportunity Grants program,” Elliott added. “Contributions of any amount are welcome and will bring much joy to Carlsbad children in need.”
For more information and to make a donation, visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec.
–City of Carlsbad