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Send a Kid to Camp, Get a Deduction

The City of Carlsbad’s Parks & Recreation Department is reminding residents looking for a year-end charitable tax deduction to consider giving to the Opportunity Grants program.  

“Summer camps, dance classes, sports teams and swim lessons create lasting childhood memories, but some Carlsbad children miss out because their families can’t afford them,” said Bonnie Elliott, senior management analyst for the City of Carlsbad’s Parks & Recreation Department. 

At a Glance

  • The City of Carlsbad Opportunity Grants program gives low-income families in Carlsbad the chance to involve their children ages 17 and younger in camps and classes that would otherwise be financially out of reach.
  • The program is made possible by generous donations of residents and community members, who can sponsor a year of programs for a child for just $150.
  • Opportunity grants are awarded to families who are residents of Carlsbad, meet income eligibility requirements and complete a grant application with supporting documentation.
  • Click here to view a video about the Opportunity Grants program and the difference it has made in the lives of many Carlsbad families. 

More Information 

  • Since the start of the program in 1997, more than 915 families have received grants enabling them to enroll their children in City of Carlsbad preschool programs, swim lessons, dance classes, summer camps, sports leagues and more.



December 20, 2017