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At Home Grants

Penny Appeal Canada At Home Grants aims to support qualified donees and registered not for profits develop programming within Canadian communities that meet the unique needs of various racialized and marginalized communities, with a focus on alleviating poverty for Canadians.

Who We Fund 

We fund organizations classified as Qualified Donees by the Canadian Revenue Agency and Not For Profit Organizations. Private Foundations and Endowments are not eligible to apply/receive funding.

Qualified Donees may qualify for the following grants levels:

  • Maximum of $50,000.00 if the project is less than 6 months in duration
  • Maximum of $100,000 if the project is between 7-12 months in duration

Registered Not-For-Profits may qualify for the following grants levels:

  • Maximum of $15,000 if the project is less than 6 months in duration
  • Maximum of $25,000 if the project is between 7-12 months in duration

Please Note

  • Project applications that are submitted for funding beyond 12 months will not be considered.
  • An application for funding does not guarantee full or partial funding.
  • If you are currently implementing a project funded by Penny Appeal Canada you are not eligible to apply until the existing project is complete.

Penny Appeal Canada funds racialized and marginalized communities from low socio-economic backgrounds. However, we will prioritize applications received for the following demographics:

  • Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) communities/families
  • Female, youth-led initiatives (in the case of gender-specific programming)
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities (FNIM)
  • Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

What We Fund

We fund projects that alleviate poverty for marginalized and racialized communities from low socio-economic backgrounds, with a focus on one or more of the following funding priorities:

  • Emergency support to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 or other emergency crisis situations that arise in Canada
  • Support for vulnerable women and children
  • Enabling access for those experiencing food insecurity
  • Providing educational resources and access to opportunities
  • Access to social and health related programming, for those unable to access it

First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities can apply under the above priorities, as well as two additional ones noted below:

  • Addressing the water crisis in First Nations communities
  • Addressing social, health and educational inequities experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities

All funding applications MUST demonstrate how their project alleviates poverty

Eligible Expenses

Eligible Expenses:
Below is a list of eligible and ineligible expenses that can be covered, as part of your project expenses:

  • Salaries and wages for programming staff at a maximum of 15% of total budget cost
  • Materials, supplies and resources directly related to support delivery of programming
  • Transportation costs (ex. Bus-token or cab ride specifically for participants – will not cover transportation costs for organizational staff)
  • Honoria (max of $300/speaker/facilitator)
  • Outreach expenses for community initiatives (ex.cost to design the poster for attendance etc [FB and Social media ads etc. are not covered – please see below for ineligible expenses.)
  • Basic necessities (clothing, meals, shelter etc.)
  • Counselling services

Ineligible Expenses 

  • Utilities
  • Rental cost for space
  • Promotion or marketing expenses
  • Office equipment
  • Administrative costs
  • Fundraising activities and sponsorships
  • Any expenses incurred prior to the decision date of June 4, 2021

Project Reporting 

If successful, there will be four stages of reporting:
Two progress calls to provide Penny Appeal Canada status update on project (both general project update as well as financial expenditures updates)

  • One Progress Report
  • One Final Report

Please note: Penny Appeal Canada will work with each granting organization to determine reporting deadlines that are feasible for the grant recipient and Penny Appeal Canada.


The project must fulfill all of the following criteria for consideration:

  • Submitted by an eligible organization
  • Alleviates poverty for marginalized and racialized communities, from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Aligns with one or more of the funding priorities
  • Submitted with a complete budget, that provides details and rationale for each expense
  • Is requesting expenses within the maximum grant levels for qualified donees and registered not for profit organizations
  • Incurs expenses from June 4, 2021 onwards (as it applies to Round 1 of the current funding round)

Important Dates

Round 1: Currently Open
Application Deadline: May 16, 2021
Final Decisions: June 14, 2021
Total Fund Available: $150,000

Round 2
Funding Applications Open: July, 2021
Application Deadline: August, 2021
Final Decisions: September, 2021
Total Fund Available: $150,000

Round 3
Funding Applications Open: October, 2021
Application Deadline: November, 2021
Final Decisions: December, 2021
Total Fund Available: $150,000

Application Process 

Step 1: Your organization creates an account through our grant portal
Step 2: Your organization submits an online application
Step 3: PAC reviews your application
Step 4: PAC notifies all applicants of funding decision
Step 5: If successful, your organization will enter into a grant agreement and assign reports for the program


If you have any questions about Penny Appeal Canada’s At Home Grants, please contact Please allow 24 hours for your question to be answered.

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