GBTC Camps & Classes Financial Aid Options
At GBTC, we would like to make it possible for every child who is interested in participating in our programs to attend.
We therefore try, where we can, to provide subsidies for families who are interested in enrolling their children and would be prevented for financial reasons from paying the full amount of the registration fee.
For the current year, we have made available a low-income registration option at the discounted rate of $ 130.00 wk (approximately 50 % of our full summer registration rate); eligible families can register online for camp-weeks for which this option is available. Please see Low-Income Option, on our Theatre Day Camps menu, for further information on eligibility for this option.
For those families who might require a larger discount than the above-noted 50 %, or for whom the only camp locally available is one for which that option is not provided: there are some options for additional subsidies. Please note there is a limited amount of financial assistance available; we receive some funding each year from outside sources (for example, the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund, Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, Guelph Community Foundation, Cambridge-North Dumfries Community Foundation, Hamilton Community Foundation) to support summer campers in particular areas. We also provide support from funds donated to our own GBTC Camp Fund.
However, it is not generally possible to supply funding from these sources for all who might wish to attend.
We are therefore including the following additional information regarding subsidies available to residents in particular cities. We plan to expand this list over time. We suggest that you contact the following sources, where possible, prior to applying for funding through GBTC.
In addition, if your city is not among those included above, we suggest that you contact your local community's Parks and Recreation department and ask about funding support for your child to attend a Great Big Theatre Company program. In some cases, funding may be available through your community; in others, it may be provided through the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program, or through other sources.
Keep in mind also that assistance through tax credits is also available. Summer camp programs are eligible for the Child Care Tax Credit; our classes and camps are both eligible for the new federal Children's Arts Tax Credit program.
If you are interested in applying for a camp subsidy directly through GBTC, please complete and return our Subsidy Application form as soon as possible along with our completed registration form for the particular program in which you are interested (all of these are available in PDF format on our Registration page).
It is much easier for us to fill requests for partial subsidies, e. g. 25 % or so, than for full (100 %) subsidies.
Normally, we will not be able to make any commitment as far as confirming subsidy for a camp or class program until approximately one month before the start of the program, since until that time we do not know how much funding, if any, will be available to us from outside sources. Please download and complete the subsidy application form below and return it to us along with the PDF version of our registration form for the program in which you are interested. All of these are available on our Registration Page