The Ames Family Foundation Bursary

The Ames Family Foundation Bursary is a low-barrier bursary designed to provide financial resources to youth from government care who are pursuing post-secondary education. We encourage diverse and equity-deserving individuals to apply, specifically those who are Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+ identified, persons of all abilities, and the intersections of these identities. Bursaries will be awarded based on need, individual circumstance, and academic and career goals.

Who can apply

  • You are a former youth in care either under a continuing custody order (CCO) or temporary custody order (TCO), Voluntary Care Agreement or Special Care Agreement) or Youth Agreement in BC under the Child, Family and Community Services Act.
  • You are 19 or over by the application deadline date.
  • You are currently a BC resident. 
  • You are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a secondary, post-secondary academic, technical or vocational program, a recognized public post-secondary institution, or a registered private post-secondary institution. A letter of confirmation should be included with your application. You can still apply for the bursary if you are receiving other bursaries and/or a tuition waiver.
  • You are able to provide two reference letters from two significant people in your life (e.g. current/former teacher, social worker, foster parent, or mentor). One of the letters needs to be written by a non-family member.

When to apply

Applications will be accepted in May of each year. 

Amount of grant

Two bursaries of $5,000 will be distributed. 

How to submit your application

You can submit your application in one of three ways; online, by mail, or by email.

By online form:

See below.

By mail: 

208-20641 Logan Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 7R3

By email:

Next steps

Once the application has been reviewed, BCFPA will notify the candidate by email or phone of the status of the application. Cheques are issued payable to the applicant and sent to the applicant’s mailing address. Please allow four weeks from the date that you receive the notification for your cheque to arrive. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email  

The Ames Family Foundation Application
What is the most recent level of education you have completed?
Is it a full-time or part-time program?
A letter of confirmation from the educational institution where you have been accepted should be included at the time of application. If you have any issues with the upload, it may be sent separately to
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Toll-Free Foster Parent Line:

Office hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday

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Foster parents are encouraged to call this number in the event of an EMERGENCY or CRISIS occurring after regular office hours:



If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Visit the Government of BC website for more info.


BCFPA Provincial Office
Suite 208 - 20641 Logan Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 7R3


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