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Grants to Canada Charities, Schools, and Local Organizations for Capacity Building and Projects that Benefit Children and Youth

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Funding Source
Canada Post Community Foundation
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/09/23 12:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Canada registered charities, schools, libraries, community organizations, and amateur athletic associations for programs to benefit children and youth. Eligible organizations align with one of the following areas of interest: community, education, and health. Funding is intended for capacity building, projects that benefit children and youth up to the age of 21, and programs addressing reconciliation.

Three types of grants are offered: 

  • Community-Based Support Projects - Eligible projects should increase the capacity of an organization and create or expand services, rather than maintaining existing services. For example purchasing new equipment or launching new programs.
  • Signature Grant - This grant contributes to the overall work and mission of national organizations that deliver programs or support to Canadian children and youth.
  • Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant - this grant is available to Indigenous regional or local organizations offering programming anchored in the principles of Indigenous truth and reconciliation that supports Indigenous children and youth across the country.

Types of projects that are eligible for grants:

  • Community - Projects that support better futures for children including social services, arts, and culture.
  • Education - Projects that support education, therapeutic and rehabilitative programs.
  • Health - Projects that support the health and physical activity of children from vulnerable communities or with disabilities or illnesses.

Examples of Community-Based Support eligible projects: 

  • Playground equipment and upgrades to parks
  • Educational field trips (not including multi-day class trips)
  • Library supplies
  • Chrome books and other electronics
  • Musical instruments
  • Art supplies Sporting goods (balls, hockey sticks, curling brooms, etc.)
  • Sporting facility improvements (pools, ice rinks, skateboard parks, climbing walls, etc.)
  • Participation in school-organized humanitarian efforts
  • After-school programs
  • Special needs supplies and adaptive equipment (autism room supplies, modified sporting equipment for children with special needs, etc.)

Examples of projects ($5,001 - maximum $25,000) that are eligible:

  • Mentoring programs
  • STEM/STEAM activities
  • Literacy programs
  • Mental health support and resources
  • Workshops and community programs for at-risk youth, young immigrants, children exposed to domestic violence, etc.
  • Sporting equipment/ improvements for a community center

Examples of eligible Signature Grant projects:

  • General operating costs or project-specific requests are accepted

Examples of eligible Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant projects: 

  • Programming anchored in the principles of Indigenous truth and reconciliation and supports Indigenous children and youth across the country.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Registered charities, school programs and community organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects consistent with the Foundation's objective to provide support for initiatives that benefit Canadian children and youth (up to age 21).

To be a registered charity with a Canadian Charitable Registration Number OR a registered non-profit organization with a valid B/N business registration number OR a school (as defined by the education act in each province) OR an unregistered community organization OR a community library OR a registered Canadian amateur athletic association OR a small municipality.

For more information on general eligibility criteria, see FAQs in Pre-Application Information, below.

Project Grant $5,000 grant maximum value:
- Schools, as defined by the education act in each province
- School and parent organizations
- Community libraries
- Daycares
- Indigenous groups
- Recreation facilities
- Unregistered organizations
- Small municipalities

Project Grant $5,001 to $25,000 grant maximum value:
- Registered charities with a Canadian Charitable Registration Number
- Registered non-profit organizations with a valid B/N business registration number
- Registered Canadian amateur athletic associations
- Small municipalities

Signature Grant $50,000 grant maximum value:
- National charities and organizations

New Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant:
- National regional or local organizations

Recipients of a 2022 Signature Grant aren’t eligible to apply for a Canada Post Community Foundation Signature Grant in the 2023 granting cycle. However, they may continue to apply for project grants.

The following projects do not qualify for any of the Foundation grants.
- Professional or amateur sports teams
- Activities outside Canada
- Debt reduction campaigns
- Requests to cover mailing, shipping and/or delivery fees
- Funding to cover the costs of shipping or postage
- Lobby, advocacy or partisan groups that promote a particular social, political or economic point of view
- Fundraising events or initiatives, such as golf tournaments, galas, runs or races
- Brand or general advertising, as distinguished from information directly related to front-line activities
- Financial assistance for individuals
- Trade shows
- Organizations, political parties or other programs that require, as a condition for receiving support or services, an adherence to, or promotion of a particular religious faith, political affiliation or cultural group
- Conventions, conferences or events
- Ongoing operating costs, such as administrative costs not directly linked to delivery of front-line programs (Signature Grants are exempted from this clause)

School projects that aren’t eligible for grants:
- Salaries and administrative costs for school employees
- School celebration trips (note: educational field trips are eligible for consideration, but graduation or class trips abroad are not)
- Standard classroom supplies
- Professional development

Pre-Application Information
Important Deadlines:
- February 13, 2023: Application website is available
- March 9, 2023 (12:00 pm ET): Application deadline
- March to June: Application review and trustee approval period
- Summer 2023: Decision is communicated to applicants
- September 2023: Public announcement of grant recipients
- Winter 2024: New application period opens

Organizations may submit a maximum of three applications per year (up to three project grants, or one Signature Grant plus up to two project grants). Any additional applications are ineligible and will be automatically rejected. The Foundation will not fund more than one project per applicant during any given grant cycle.

All applications must be submitted online through the online application system.

When you submit the application you will receive an automated email to your primary contact’s account, indicating that the application has been submitted.


Application Information:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Signature Grants: Up to 3 per year; Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant; 1 per year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Community-Based Support Projects:
Project grants can total up to $25,000* each.
Signature Grant: $50,000 each
Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant: $50,000

*Grants to unregistered organizations, schools, school/parent organizations, daycares, sports teams and all recreation facility initiatives (pools, playgrounds, ice rinks, skateboard parks, etc.) will not exceed $5,000.

Term of Contract
Multi-year funding is not available.

Contact Information

Canada Post Customer Service
PO Box 90022
2701 Riverside Drive
Ottawa ON K1V 1J8

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