Who Can Apply
Any family with challenges paying for creative activities and classes is eligible to apply. Due to demand, we have mostly been able to help families with gross incomes less than $40,000, although we do consider other family circumstances. Our guidelines are:
• Citizens of Lloydminster (as a border community) are eligible
• Applicants can be 4 to 19 years old
How to apply
1Download the application form
The latest application form is always available on the Creative Kids web site.
2Enter your family information on the form.
Fill out the application, making sure we have your phone number in case we need to ask questions about the application, and your mailing address so we can tell you the results.
3Choose a creative activity
Which activity would your child like to try?
Here's a list of possibilites.
And where would he or she like to take these lessons?
Look through our service provider directory for an instructor in your neighbourhood, or choose your own.
Add the activity start and end dates into the form. We cannot pay for activities that have already happened.
4Talk to the instructor about costs
Call the service provider to find out when classes begin and how much classes and supplies cost. Lesson fees, instrument rental, art supplies and dance shoes and costumes are all eligible, so be sure to include them on Step 4 of the form.
Also note any costs to be paid to another party (the dance shoes in the example below for instance).
5Get an endorser to sign your application
Creative Kids creates opportunities for families with financial barriers so it is important that an endorser familiar with your family's financial situation sign the application form.
A teacher, social worker, law enforcement officer, elder, health professional or religious faith leader may endorse your application.
6OR attach your Notice of Assessment
If you would prefer, send us your most recent Notice of Assessment (NOA) instead of having an endorser sign your application. NOAs are mailed to you by Canada Revenue Agency each spring. They look like the sample below.
Note that the amount on line 150 is the household income to include on the first page of your application.
If your family has more than one income, include NOAs for both parents with the application.
7Send your application to one of our committees.
Generally we will inform your family and service provider of results within 4 weeks of an application deadline. If an application is approved, we pay the service provider directly. Contact your service provider to officially register for your classes.
See this sample letter for important information about results letters.
Six Tips for Applying to Creative Kids
What We Fund
Would your child like to try painting, drawing, or acting? Maybe learn a musical instrument, or join a dance class? Perhaps your daughter has always wanted to learn Cree, take voice lessons, or costume design. Maybe your son likes creative writing, woodworking and First Nations beading.
Creative Kids funds all of that. Creative Kids provides successful applicants with up to $750 per child for just about any creative, artistic and cultural activity you can imagine. Here’s a partial list:
- Band camps
- Voice lessons
- Music lessons (fiddle, woodwinds, drums, guitar, piano, etc.)
- Traditional dance
- Traditional cooking
- Clothing design
- Heritage languages
- Book binding
- Book publishing
- Game creation
- Fashion design
- Music recording
- Hip Hop
- Pow Wow Dancing
- Traditional Folk Dancing
- Belly Dance
- Stained Glass
- Musical Theatre
- Video creation
- Jewelry making
- Traditional First Nations Arts
- Pow Wow Dancing
- Folk Dancing
- Heritage and family language lessons
- Regalia making
- Ethnic clothes-making
We Don’t Fund
- Activities that have already happened.
- Costs from before an application deadline date.
- French or English classes.
- Physical activity – Zumba, yoga, gymnastics, sports.
- Recreation – 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, summer camps (except art, music and heritage camps)
If you’re not sure your activity fits Creative Kids, please contact us.