Canada Post Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion ac­cept­ing grant ap­pli­ca­tions

More than $1.1 mil­lion avail­able to sup­port chil­dren and youth pro­grams across the coun­try

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Ottawa

Start­ing to­day, 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 canada­­mu­nity.

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 canada­­mu­nity.

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