Eligibility for Need-Based Financial Assistance:
Financial assistance is currently only available to support Participants from low-income households and/or who have high financial barriers, who would not otherwise be able to take part in the Award. Low-income is defined as households that qualify for free- and reduced-rate lunches within public schools, are Pell-grant eligible, and/or have a household income at 150% of the federal poverty level. By submitting an application, your family qualifies as low income.
Requirements for Funds:
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. For Award Centers, be sure to
include the names of all eligible low income Participants in your request. To ensure that financial aid funds can be distributed to as many low income participants as needed, we encourage them to please consider the most cost-effective options for their activities, and to select activities with reasonable cost. We will not be able to accommodate activities that require expensive equipment as part of the financial aid offer. When possible, we hope that participants can rent or borrow expensive equipment in order to preserve funds for other low income participants.
Assistance will be awarded for the following types of activities for
- Payment of the Participant Registration Fee
and/or equipment to fulfill a Participant’s skill, service, physical recreation, and Adventurous Journey section not to exceed $300 total
- Training fees for adult volunteers or staff as Award Coordinators and Award Center Adventurous Journey Supervisors if they serve low-income, economically disadvantaged young people. This is not available for independent AJ Supervisors Assessors