Learn about the Community Foundation and apply for a grant

    Established in 2012, the Canada Post Community Foundation is a registered charity that operates at arm’s length from Canada Post. It has granted $11 million to more than 1,000 initiatives for children and youth nationwide, including literacy and language programs; youth outreach services; projects that support Indigenous youth; gender and sexual diversity programs; arts and recreation projects; special education programs; childhood health programs; anti-bullying initiatives; mentoring programs and many others.

    Donations to the Community Foundation can be made at any time.

    The application period for year 2021 is now closed. The 2022 application period will be open from March 8 to April 1, 2022

    Donate to the FoundationLearn how to apply

    The Foundation offers two different types of grants

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    Grants for community-based support projects

    Most of the grants we award fall into this category. Eligible projects should increase the capacity of an organization and create or expand services, rather than maintaining existing services. For example purchasing new equipment or launching new programs.


    Project grants are available for projects valued at up to $25,000 each.
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    Signature Grant

    The Signature Grant is meant to contribute to the overall work and mission of national organizations that deliver programs or support to Canadian children and youth.


    Up to three (3) Signature Grants of $50,000 each can be awarded each year.

    Children’s projects the Foundation supports

    Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of Canadian children. Grants are available for projects that support three areas:

    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.

    Get to know the Community Foundation

    Learn about the kinds of projects we award grants to, the trustee members that oversee the process and organizations that have received grants.

    How we select grant recipients

    An independent Board of Trustees uses a point systems to decide which projects get funding. Organizations are awarded additional points when a Canada Post employee is involved with the project being submitted.

    Past grant recipients

    Find out which community organizations and companies have been granted funds in the past.

     

    See past recipients

    How grant funds are accumulated

    Funds for Community Foundation grants come from:

    • Annual in-store campaigns
    • Sales from special fundraising stamp
    • Employee donation support

     

    Review the financial statements of the Community Foundation for an annual breakdown of donations and Foundation activities.

    Our Foundation trustees

    Meet the people that review applications and decide on recipients.

    See Board of Trustees

    Important deadlines

    March 8, 2021: Application website is available
    April 1, 2021 (12:00 pm ET): Application deadline
    April to July: Application review and trustee approval period
    August 2021: Decision is communicated to applicants
    Fall 2021: Public announcement of grant recipients
    March 2022: New application period opens

    Get more information on the Community Foundation