Canada Post Community Foundation

The Foundation will fund projects that support three primary focus areas—community, education and health.

Funding will be allocated to projects that will generate maximum impact, creating lasting change for children and youth (up to the age of 21), in the following areas:

  • education programming to help children reach their full potential
  • programming supporting healthy children
  • building safe, kid-friendly communities
  • services for children and youth with special needs and their families
  • programs that promote the interest of children and youth
  • mental health programs for children and youth

Funding from the Foundation will not exceed $50,000 per grant. However, in an effort to provide funding to the greatest number of organizations possible, the majority of grants awarded will be $25,000 or under. Grants to schools, school/parent organizations, daycares, sports teams, playground and all recreation facilities (pools, ice rinks, skateboard parks, etc.) and playground initiatives will not exceed $5,000.

Organizations applying for project funding should either be based in the community or rely significantly on community resources to undertake the activities proposed or to achieve the objectives stated. Projects should involve capacity-building (i.e., the creation or expansion of services, rather than the maintenance of existing services; expansion may include augmentation of a service, addition of a service or inclusion of a new geographic territory). Capacity-building activities could include hiring and/or training staff or covering costs directly related to the delivery of a program such as mileage, facilities rental, or communications activities.

The type of support that projects might provide covers a wide range of services and activities. Some examples (which are not meant to be exhaustive or to limit the generality of the concept) are:

The Foundation will support:

  • projects aimed at building front-line capacity to provide community-based support for children
  • projects that:
    • address needs of children living with disabilities, illness, who are vulnerable
    • enhance the ability of families and communities to nurture their children
    • extend a caring hand to the children of our community, build better futures for our children and, ultimately, a stronger community
    • support educational, preventative, therapeutic and rehabilitative programs for children, youth and their families
  • projects that focus on: education, development, culture/civic programs, health and physical activity, social services and arts and culture for youth and families

These projects would be delivered by:

  • charitable organizations with a valid CRA registration number
  • registered non-profit organizations with a valid B/N business registration number
  • elementary and high school groups
  • local community or Aboriginal groups
  • community libraries
  • a registered Canadian amateur athletic association

Foundation grants would NOT support:

  • 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 (i.e. golf tournaments, runs or races, galas) or initiatives
  • brand or general advertising (i.e., 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 (e.g., administrative costs not directly linked to delivery of front-line programs)
  • pure academic or basic research
  • emergency, crisis or bridge funding

School projects that would qualify include:

  • playground structures
  • library supplies
  • electronics
  • music instruments
  • sports equipment
  • participation in school-organized humanitarian efforts
  • after-school programs
  • science fairs and other educational events

Foundation grants to schools would NOT support:

  • salaries and administration costs for school employees
  • school trips (excluding humanitarian programs)
  • standard classroom supplies
  • professional development