Canada Post Community Foundation accepting grant applications

Registered charities, school programs and community organizations are invited to apply for programs serving children and youth.

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 invited to apply for a share of the $1.1 million available to deserving programs serving children and youth across the country.

Last year, 106 projects from across the country shared the funds raised. The Foundation granted financial help for projects to help provide 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., just to name a few.

Since 2012, the Foundation has granted more than $6 million to 369 community projects.

Each fall, the Foundation holds a five-week fundraising campaign across the country. Funds are raised through Canada Post’s retail network of more than 6,200 post offices across the country, during employee-led fundraising activities, the sale of a special stamp, in-store customer donations, as well as contributing fundraising programs such as the United Way and Canada Post’s employee Dime a Day program. Funds stay within the provinces or territories where they were raised.

Each application is assessed by employee volunteers during several reviews. Evaluation criteria include organizational profile, project impact and appropriateness. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees makes the final choice. The online application and additional information on the Foundation can be found on canadapost.ca/community.

About the Canada Post Community Foundation

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children’s vision is to help ensure every child in Canada is happy, healthy and part of a community that supports and cares for them. Its mission is to have a positive effect in the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves by supporting registered charities, school programs or local initiatives that benefit children. To learn more about the Foundation, visit canadapost.ca/community.

Last year, the Foundation distributed $205,000 to these 17 deserving organizations in B.C.: Abbotsford Hospice Society; BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (Vancouver); Chinese Community Policing Centre (Vancouver); Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (Duncan); Friendly Forest Preschool Association (Anmore); Grandview/¿uuqinak’uuh Elementary School (Vancouver); Grassy Plains Community Hall Association (Burns Lake); Kackaamin Family Development Centre (Port Alberni); Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society; Kiddies Korner Preschool (Port Coquitlam); Red Fox Healthy Living Society (Vancouver); Sardis Doorway for Mothers and Children Society (Chilliwack); Skidegate Health Centre; The Canadian Red Cross Society (Burnaby); The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia (Crisis Centre) (Vancouver); Upper Lonsdale Preschool Society (North Vancouver); Young Parents Support Network (Victoria).