WRCF Kids to Camp 2024 Fundraiser

Summer Art Camp at the Homer Watson House & Gallery is supported by The Waterloo Region Record – Lyle S. Hallman Foundation Kids to Camp Fund held at Waterloo Region Community Foundation. This fund will cover 75% of summer camp fees for the selected applicants.

About the Fund:

The Waterloo Region Record – Lyle S. Hallman Foundation Kids to Camp Fund provides grants to camps enabling children and youth who reside in Waterloo Region (Cambridge, Kitchener, North Dumfries, Waterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot, or Woolwich) and need financial assistance to attend camp.

  • Since 2014, over $1.5 million has been distributed to support kids in having a camp experience.
  • Prior to beginning your child(ren)’s registration please read the guidelines below to ensure you meet the specific criteria.
  • Note: All questions must be answered in full in order for your application to be processed.
  • This application will remain confidential, and the information will only be used to determine eligibility for subsidy funds.


Families who live in Waterloo Region, who have children that meet the following criteria may be eligible:

  • Proof of low-income family status is required.

Acceptable documentation includes one of the following with their application:

  1. The most recent available NOA(s) from each caregiver/guardian/parent living in the same household and/or providing financial support to the child(ren) to us.
  2. Proof of current eligibility for program subsidies for childcare or children’s programming at the regional or municipal level.
  3. Letter of support from a recognized social agency.

If none of the above is available, we will also, depending on circumstances, accept a letter from the family outlining why financial support is needed.

How to Apply

Submit your application and supporting documents to Homer Watson House & Gallery by May 31, 2024 11:59pm EST.

Download and Mail the completed forms to:

Education & Public Programs Coordinator
Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON N2P 1H7

Letters of Support (Optional)

Letters of Reference must be from non-relatives only. The letter of reference may come from any of the following individuals: teachers, principal, school guidance counsellor, extra-curricular activity coach (sports or otherwise), religious leader, doctor, social worker, community worker, or any other person with close contact to your child. Each letter should state how the person knows your child, include contact information and signature of the person providing the reference, and answer the following questions.

  • What makes this child/family a deserving candidate for a subsidized space?
  • How do you think this child will benefit from a summer camp experience?
  • What can this child bring to the group (e.g. characteristics, talent or skill they can share with the group)?


  • Our resources may limit our ability to help support all qualified applications received, or to be able to grant the full dollar amount or the total number of weeks requested.
  • Qualified families are awarded a maximum of $275 per child, per week.
  • Please note that subsidy does not cover Extended Care. Summer camp subsidy cannot be combined with any other discounts.
  • Assistance is based on a number of criteria including, but not limited to, demonstration of family need, space availability in specific sessions, and availability of subsidy funds.
  • Subsidy applications are only valid in the year of attendance and families must complete a new application each year with updated financial information.
  • HWHG will notify the families by Friday June 7, 2024 12:00 noon EST of the final status of all applications.
  • Enrollment for requested camp weeks are subject to current availability and based on our current camp capacities.
  • We are not able to provide retroactive discounts for those already registered.

Application for HWHG Summer Camp Subsidy:




Name of Adult(Required)

Name of Adult (Optional):

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Name of child attending Camp:(Required)
(i.e. Summer Camp Week 1 | Ages 7-11)

Name of child attending Camp (Optional):
(i.e. Summer Camp Week 1 | Ages 7-11)

Name of child attending Camp (Optional):
(i.e. Summer Camp Week 1 | Ages 7-11)

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