Something Special Fund FAQ
Foster children often feel alone and isolated and may go without simple pleasures of childhood. The Something Special Fund was founded by Promises2Kids to provide funding support for life-enhancing activities and services for children currently within the foster care system in San Diego County. Something Special is set up to support these needs not met through typical funding. Please be aware that this is a privately funded program; Promises2Kids will review all requests, but requests will be granted based on funding availability.
Beginning in May 2020, Promises2Kids will be accepting applications for general requests as well as requests for extracurricular activities only. As a result, all youth 18 years of age or under are eligible for up to $750 per fiscal year.
Who is eligible for Something Special Funds?
Children currently within the San Diego County foster care system that have open- dependency cases, are in out-of-home placements in San Diego County only, and 18 years or under. This program is currently available to foster youth residing in San Diego Youth living with their biological parents do not qualify. Funding is limited to the following:
- Up to $250 - General Something Special Expenses
- Up to $500 - Extra Curricular Activities
*Expenses greater than the amounts listed above may be requested and are subject to approval.
Examples of previously funded requests:
- General Something Special Requests: Any item or special request that a youth desires, may be considered. Examples include but are not limited to: tablets, bikes, speakers, watches, cameras, headphones, video games, jewelry, musical instruments, Zoo passes, Legoland passes, Sea World passes, hair extensions, designer shoes, art supplies and toys. (PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volumes of orders on certain websites they flag us for fraud and won't process our orders. We cannot order from Nike.com, Goat.com, Flightclub.com, Gamestop.com, as well as any International shops such as Fashionnova.com, Hebeos.com, and Dhgate.com)
- Extracurricular Activities: Sports uniforms or equipment, gymnastics, soccer, football, and basketball leagues, cheerleading, swim lessons, martial arts (NOT mixed), sports registration fees, music lessons.
Who may apply for Something Special Funds?
Something Special Fund applications may be submitted by County social workers, ILS case workers, CASA’s, city or county agencies, the Polinsky Children’s Center, the Public Defender’s office, attorneys, caregivers, or youth.
What can the Something Special Fund not pay for?
Childcare, food, clothing, basic needs, cell phones and accessories, gift cards, furniture, medical or dental supplies (such as glasses or braces), mixed martial arts/kick boxing, day care, school supplies, subscriptions, monthly boxes, items out of the country, or anything else not mentioned that the county or foster parents are obligated to provide. We are unable to provide reimbursements for pre-paid items. Theme park tickets are only available for youth 3 years of age and older.
1) Special requests, such as applications requesting funds in excess of our limit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are subject to approval by the CEO.
2) Checks will only be written and mailed to businesses and service providers. Checks will not be granted to youth, caregivers or providers.
3) Please list accurate websites, details, colors, sizes and information for your items of request. Inaccurate information may lead to a delay in processing. If the items requested are no longer in stock or unavailable, similar item may be purchased instead.
4) If inaccurate links are provided or a youth requests an alternative item (other than what is requested in the application), we are unable to guarantee a refund, or alternative items. A new application request will need to be completed.
If the recipient of the funds is over age 6, a returned thank-you note is much appreciated. It supports us in obtaining future donations. Confidentiality and child’s identity will be respected.