The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is accepting grant applications until midnight on Monday, April 11.
Registered charities, school programs and community organizations are encouraged to apply for a portion of the $1.1 million available to chosen programs serving children across Canada. Last year, 106 projects from across the country shared the funds. Since 2012, the foundation has granted more than $6 million to 369 community projects, including nutritious snacks and meals to more than 25,000 children in Edmonton, Alta.; tutoring help for children in Hamilton, Ont.; recreational programs for special needs youth in Kahnawake, Que.; positive body image messaging for youth in St. John’s, N.L.; and the purchase of bike helmets in Anmore, B.C.
Each fall, the foundation holds a five-week nationwide fundraising campaign using Canada Post’s retail network of more than 6,200 post offices. What’s more, funds are raised through employee-led fundraising activities, the sale of a special stamp, in-store customer donations, and contributing fundraising programs such as the United Way and Canada Post’s employee Dime a Day program. All funds stay within the provinces or territories in which they were raised.
Each grant application is assessed by employee volunteers during several reviews. Evaluation criteria include organizational profile, project impact and appropriateness. The final choice is left with the foundation’s board of trustees.
To learn more about the foundation or to apply for a grant, click here.