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Karate Activity ScholarshipFamilies Helping Families launched the Spread Your Wings program in 2010 to help provide scholarship funding for children in foster care, relative, or other approved placement by providing support to participate in extracurricular activities.

Studies have shown that extracurricular activities for children help increase awareness in the classroom and provide a sense of belonging, which positively impacts self-esteem and self-discipline.

Many families encounter financial challenges – often the “extras” that are bypassed to make way for necessities. Because of this, the Spread Your Wings program through Families Helping Families helps deserving children with an opportunity to participate in positive activities and to develop positive relationships with adults.

Funded Activities & Fees

The Spread Your Wings scholarships fund a range of activities for school-aged children including, but not limited to:

  • Arts and art lessons
  • Music programs and lessons
  • Special Olympics
  • Sports – including gymnastics and martial arts
  • Summer camps
  • Other children’s interests

Program Fees

The Spread Your Wings scholarships also help cover various program and activity fees, including but not limited to:

  • Membership fees
  • Supplies
  • Equipment
  • Uniform and/or specialty footwear

Who Qualifies?

Any school-aged child in foster care, relative or other approved placement by the Department of Human Services are eligible to apply. Children must be between the ages of 1 and 18. If a child is over the age of 18, he or she must have been re-entered into foster care or a special needs basis.

How Does it Work?

Each child may only receive funding once per 12-month calendar year, based on the date of the last approved application. Foster families and guardians may apply for one-time or recurring activities. Recurring activities are typically approved for 3 month periods only. After those 3 months expire, you may re-apply to request an extension on funding, if funds are available.

Please Read: Funding Information

For all requests, families must first request financial assistance through the desired program before applying for funding with Families Helping Families. Applications must include an invoice for the cost of the activity.

Funding will not cover items for which the State of Iowa will reimburse. All requests to Families Helping Families is subject to board approval before funds are granted. Families Helping Families reserves the right to reject funding for any reason.

Checks are printed with the name of the business or activity.for the activity. No checks will be printed directly to foster parents. We are unable to reimburse foster parents for activities which are already paid.

Apply Today

To apply for the Spread Your Wings activity scholarships, apply online with the link below. For more information or questions about the program, please feel free to contact us.

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