Financial assistance for youth ages 12-24 so they can advance their opportunities for education and learning

Only one in 10 incidents where a youth was accused of a crime happened at school during school hours or a supervised activity (Statistics Canada 2014).

The Keegan HELP Fund provides a bursary of up to $500 per calendar year for a variety of positive activities for youth who are connected to Calgary-based agencies and organizations (e.g. school, sports, probation, charity, counselling, etc.)Successful applicants can use the funding for things like:

  • Courses and classes
  • Sports and recreation opportunities
  • Tutoring
  • Employment readiness
  • Camps
  • Identification e.g. Drivers’ License, Passport etc.
  • Youth will submit an application form to the Keegan HELP Working Group ([email protected]) that identifies the opportunity they wish to pursue and how this opportunity will advance their education and learning.
  • Each applicant can receive a bursary of up to $500 per calendar year. Applicants may apply more than once per year but will not be approved for more than $500 per calendar year.
  • Applicants will be asked to identify other sources of funding going towards their opportunity.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not been previously approved.
  • Up to 50 per cent of the HELP fund will be prioritized for Indigenous youth.
  • Applicants may re-apply at a later date if an application is not successful.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have been associated with an agency or organization for a minimum time period of three months prior to application.
  • Applicants will identify their staff supporter to assist them in the pursuit of their goal(s).
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Keegan HELP Working Group monthly.
  • Application deadlines will be the last day of each month. Applications may be submitted any time prior to the end of the month deadline, however, they will only be considered after the deadline date.
  • All applicants will be informed the result of their application or be asked to provide additional information within two (2) weeks of the application deadline.
  • Successful applicants will be asked to provide a verbal or written report with the assistance of CJHS staff to the Keegan HELP Working Group within 60 days of the bursary being used.
  • Applications may be sent to [email protected].

Below are just a few examples of what youth can access with $500:

  • Introductory Photography Workshop at the Photo Academy (four classes) — $280
  • Boxing lessons at UNDRCARD (20 classes) — $349
  • GED (five tests) — $200
  • 2D Game Design course at SAIT (eight classes) — $345
  • Guitar lessons at Long & McQuade (8 hours total) — $480
  • Basketball Day Camp with NBC Camps (five days) — $320
  • And more!