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Penny Appeal Canada 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. This stream of funding is designed to support organizations running a winter program from Winter 2022 – 2023. The funding should be put towards addressing the needs of vulnerable members of the community (please see below).

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 apply for grants of up to a maximum of $50,000.00 for projects up to 3 months in duration.

Registered Not-For-Profits may apply for grants of up to a maximum of $25,000 for projects up to 3 months in duration.

Projects must be completed on or before March 31st, 2023.

Please Note

  • Project applications that are submitted for projects which extend beyond March 31st, 2023 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. For this third round of funding, we are looking to fund projects that will support these communities during the upcoming winter months, with a focus on one or more of the following funding priorities:

  • Support for vulnerable women and children
  • Enabling access for those experiencing food insecurity
  • Access to social and health related programming, for those unable to access it
  • Enabling access for those experiencing food insecurity (including food banks)
  • Emergency housing support for homeless and youth-at-risk
  • Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities), People of Colour (BIPOC) communities/families
  • Support for seniors
  • Newcomers and Refugees
  • Community members with disabilities

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:

  • Basic winter necessities (clothing, meals, shelter etc.)
  • Salaries and wages for programming staff at a maximum of 10% 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)

Ineligible Expenses 

  • Utilities and insurance
  • Rental cost for administrative purposes (ex. Office rental, vehicle, etc)
  • Promotion or marketing expenses
  • Office equipment
  • Administrative costs
  • Fundraising activities and sponsorships
  • Gift cards
  • Purchase of vehicle and related expenses
  • Any expenses incurred prior to the duration of the funding agreement
  • Outreach expenses (cost to design a poster, social media ads)
  • Honoraria

Project Reporting 

If successful, there will be two stages of reporting:

  • One progress call to provide Penny Appeal Canada status updates (both general project updates as well as financial expenditures updates) at the project midpoint.
  • One Final Report in accordance with Penny Appeal Canada reporting templates.

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
  • The applicant responds to immediate needs faced by mentioned communities (refer to “What We Fund”) as a result of the cold winter months
  • 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 amount for qualified donees and registered not-for-profit organizations
  • Incurs expenses during the grant period of January 1st, 2023 – March 31st, 2023

Important Dates

Deadline to apply: December 15th, 2022

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 and contacts the applicant
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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