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

Agency Type:

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Canada Post Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/01/21 12:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Canada charitable organizations, schools, libraries, community organizations, and amateur athletic associations for capacity building and projects that benefit children and youth. Focus areas include health, education, and community. Funding is intended for children and youth up to the age of 21.

Two types of grants are offered:

  • Community-Based Support Projects - Eligible projects increase the capacity of an organization. Such projects 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 children and youth.

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.

School projects that are eligible for grants

  • Library supplies
  • Electronics
  • Musical instruments
  • Sports equipment
  • Participation in school-organized humanitarian efforts
  • After-school programs
  • Science fairs and other educational events

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153412

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Signature Grants: Up to 3 per year

Estimated Size of Grant:

Community-Based Support Projects: Project grants can total up to $25,000* each.
Signature Grant: $50,000 each

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

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding is not available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding from the Canada Post Community Foundation, your organization must 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.
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

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
- Community libraries
- Registered Canadian amateur athletic associations

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

Recipients of a 2019 Signature Grant are not eligible to apply for a Canada Post Community Foundation Signature Grant in the 2021 granting cycle. Recipients of a 2020 Signature Grant are not eligible to apply for a Canada Post Community Foundation Signature Grant in the 2021 or 2022 granting cycle. They may however 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
- 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
- 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)
- Pure academic or basic research

School projects that aren’t eligible for grants:
- Salaries and administrative costs for school employees
- School trips
- Standard classroom supplies
- Professional development

Pre-Application Information:

- March 8, 2021: Applications are accepted
- April 1, 2021 (12:00 pm ET): Application deadline. No extensions will be granted.
- April to August: Review and trustee approval period
- August 2021: Decision is communicated to applicants
- Fall 2021: Public announcement of grant recipients
- March 2022: New application period opens

The Canada Post Community Foundation announces its funding decisions to grant applicants in August, with funds distributed in October. If your organization needs the funds before November 2021, your proposal will not be eligible for support.

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.


Foundation Projects:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


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

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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;

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