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Canada Post: Delivering a Brighter Future for Children

The Canada Post Community Foundation for Children makes a real difference in the lives of children and youth in communities across Canada by helping local organizations, charities and schools. In 2018, 112 organizations delivering essential programs for children and youth shared almost $1.2 million in funding from the Foundation.

In the past seven years, the Foundation has provided more than $7 million to build libraries, create sports and breakfast programs, and ensure access to crisis lines, anti-bullying and mental health initiatives, special needs clinics and life-skills training. The money has helped promote physical activity and play for children of all abilities and helped at-risk youth gain a better understanding of how education is vital to their future. The Foundation is truly delivering a brighter future for Canadian children and youth.

As always, Canada Post employees will be doing their part by holding fundraisers and making donations through the Dime a Day payroll deduction program. The rest will come from customer donations and sales of our fundraising stamp.

Our only regret is that for all the good work employees and customers did in 2017, we still had to say “no” to more than 90 per cent of the requests we received. With the need so great, we have one target in mind – to raise more money than we did last year.

An annual granting process will be used to distribute funds for projects that best meet the Foundation’s vision.

CALL FOR 2019 GRANT APPLICATIONS: MARCH 1, 2019

CALL FOR 2019 GRANT APPLICATIONS CLOSES: APRIL 5, 2019 (NOON OTTAWA TIME)

NOTIFY 2019 GRANT APPLICANTS: AUGUST 2019

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2019 GRANT APPLICANTS: SEPTEMBER 2019

For more information visit the Canada Post Community Foundation page: https://www.canadapost.ca/web/en/pages/aboutus/communityfoundation/criteria.page

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

About Canada Post Community Foundation
With seven years of fundraising and grants under its belt, the Canada Post Community Foundation is meeting its promise to deliver a brighter future for Canadian children and youth. In 2018 The Foundation granted almost $1.2 million in vital support to 112 community organizations across Canada. From breakfast programs, anti-bullying initiatives, camps for children living with serious illnesses, early literacy programs, crisis lines, health programs, recreational programs or special education programs, each program supported helps that community with their most vital resource—their children.

Funds are raised through an annual in-store campaign, sales of a special fundraising stamp and employee support. Employees are involved in reviewing applications (more than 1100 in 2018), providing to the Trustees recommendations for funding. The independent Board of Trustees, chaired by the President and CEO, provides final evaluation and decisions ensuring grants are awarded across the country and covering all aspects of support—education, community projects and health initiatives.

Over the past seven years, the Foundation has allocated over $7 million to some 660 projects. Applications from registered charities, school programs or community organizations are invited annually for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to provide support for initiatives that benefit children.

Canada Post provides administrative support for the Foundation and facilitates fundraising activities. The Foundation’s Trust Deed stipulates no more than 8% of funds raised for the Foundation may be used to cover overhead costs, though typically less than 4% of funds raised are used by the Foundation to support its work.

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