The CKNW Orphans’ Fund provides for children with special needs in BC. For more than 70 years, we have raised tens of millions of dollars – helping more than 250,000 children throughout the province.

The children and their families that appeal to the CKNW Orphans’ Fund for grants come to us after they have exhausted all other financial means.The children that we help may require extra medical, social, educational or environmental supports to enhance or improve their health, development, quality of life and community integration. They are struggling to help their children – often single parents from low income households – and we are here to help.

Although our mandate is quite broad, we focus on the following three funding fields for special needs children:


We receive requests from many individual families who have children that require special types of therapies. These therapies are important for their child’s development and the families cannot afford to pay for them themselves, which is where we come in. We fund a variety of different therapies from speech therapy for an autistic child to therapeutic horseback riding for a physically challenged child. Occupational, trauma counselling and music therapy are just some of the variety of grants we distribute.

Specialized Medical Equipment

Equipment can be expensive and a burden for parents to try to provide for their child with special needs. We use the term “equipment” loosely as we have funded everything from wheelchairs, to a padded safety bed, an adapted tricycle, a wheelchair van conversion, hearing aids and orthopaedic shoes.

Educational Bursaries

We are proud to be able to financially assist those families that require additional help with their child’s special education needs. The CKNW Orphans’ Fund distributes bursaries to children who may attend an independent provincially approved special education program in BC.

How We Impact Children and Families

To read the stories of the children and families we support, visit our Happy Tales page.


To read more about how we impact children and families in BC, visit our Apply for Grant page.

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