$1.1 million available for youth programs across the country
The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is now accepting applications for this year’s grants.
More than $1 million is available for charities, school programs and other groups serving the needs of young people. Applications will be available until April 5 and are open to national and grassroots organizations across the country.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Since 2013, more than 440 organizations have received funding from the foundation. More than $5 million has gone to outfit libraries and computer labs as well as replace sports equipment and build playgrounds, among other initiatives.
The foundation has also supported:
- breakfast and after-school programs;
- camp programs for children with learning disabilities;
- mental health services for children, youth and their families; and
- programs focused on healthy body-image and safe media use.
An annual five-week fundraising campaign generates the foundation’s income. Every fall, post offices across the country accept donations and Canada Post employees make voluntary payroll contributions. Sales from a dedicated stamp also support the cause.
HOW TO HELP
One way you can support Canada Post’s effort to deliver a brighter future for Canadian children is by purchasing the 2016 Community Foundation stamps. A 10-cent surcharge on the price of each stamp goes directly to the foundation.
Designed and illustrated by internationally-recognized art director Andrew Lewis, the stamp features a simple line drawing of a bird lifting its multi-coloured wings. There are two versions of the stamp: one is set against a blue background, and another features a green background. Infused with brightness and joy, the image represents positivity, playfulness, energy, and hope. It is a metaphor for children who may need a little help in order for their dreams to take flight.
Information about the foundation and its granting process and criteria, including a grant application FAQ, is available at canadapost.ca/community.