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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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Canada Post Community Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #153412

Grant Description

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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 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.
  • New Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant - this grant will be awarded to a national organization offering programming anchored in the principles of Indigenous truth and reconciliation and 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: 

  • 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.

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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
- Registered Canadian amateur athletic associations

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

New Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Signature Grant:
- National charities and organizations

Recipients of a 2021 Signature Grant aren’t eligible to apply for a Canada Post Community Foundation Signature Grant in the 2022 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
- 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 trips
- Standard classroom supplies
- Professional development

Pre-Application Information:

Important Deadlines:
- March 16, 2022: Application website is available
- April 8, 2022 (12:00 pm ET): Application deadline
- April to July: Application review and trustee approval period
- August 2022: Decision is communicated to applicants
- Fall 2022: Public announcement of grant recipients
- March 2023: 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.


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

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding is not available.

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