Requests for funding will be accepted on behalf of New Brunswick residents who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. When processing applications for funding the Funding Committee gives priority to requests for essential equipment; the amount of assistance provided is limited by the Foundation’s resources and the Committee may be able to fund only a portion of the amount requested. 

The following equipment will be considered for funding: 

  • Communication aids, including specialized computer equipment (personal computers and peripheral devices are generally not included);
  • Orthotic devices, such as standers, leg and spinal braces;
  • Mobility devices such as manual or power wheelchairs, electric scooters;
  • Specialty seating;
  • Crutches, canes and walkers required for daily mobility;
  • Home accessibility aids such as "super poles", track lifts etc.;
  • Bathing and washroom aids such as bath bars, bath seats, commode chairs, shower chairs and transfer aids;
  • Other items may be considered on a case by case basis.

The following items will not be considered for funding: 

  • Building renovations
  • Vehicle purchase or modifications
  • Labour costs

Persons applying for funding should follow the following guidelines:

  • Applications must be submitted and approved before the item is purchased
  • Applications must be submitted on an application form, which is available upon request
  • Applications must be submitted by a medical professional, on behalf of the patient;
  • Applicants must be a resident of New Brunswick;
  • Applications must include at least two quotations;
  • Approved assistance will only be paid directly to the supplier; 

The Gertrude Aarela Memorial Scholarship:

A $1,000 scholarship is offered each year to one individual with cerebral palsy, graduating from a New Brunswick High School and planning to attend a college, university or private vocational school on a full- or part-time basis. The student may be enrolled in any field of study. The deadline for the receipt of applications is May 15th of each year. Please apply using our application form which may be downloaded from here.


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