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Resource for Youth - Patricia J. Hames Award
2002-2017 | français

Applications are invited from home economics/family studies educators for projects or
programs to benefit low-income or at-risk students.

The Canadian Home Economics Foundation (CHEF) invites applications for a special granting program for the years 2002 - 2017, directed to the problem of child poverty and the development of life skills in Canadian youth. The impetus for this new initiative came from Dr. Elizabeth Feniak, CM, Honourary Chair and Trustee Emeritus of CHEF, and the inspiration provided by Hon. Claudette Bradshaw, former M.P. and Minister of Labour and Federal Coordinator on Homelessness, Government of Canada, who spoke on ‘Health and Homelessness’ at the Atlantic Conference of Home Economists in Truro, NS in June 2001.


This program will provide $50,000 in available funds over its lifetime, with a maximum of $5,000 to be distributed in any one year. Canadian primary, elementary or secondary home economics/family studies educators are encouraged to apply, by means of a brief application, to share in these funds.

Size of grants:
1) major grants of $2,000 to $4,000
2) micro-grants of $100 to $1,000


School Children

1. to assist in alleviating child poverty in Canada, and

2. to develop life skills through the retention and strengthening of home economics/family studies programs in Canadian schools.



* The size of the grants will vary. They may include 1) major grants ($2,000 to $4,000) to implement programs or projects which benefit high risk students and coordinate with community resources. Examples: needs assessment or evaluation of school breakfast or snack programs; after-school activities such as budgeting and smart shopping workshops. 2) micro-grants ($100 to $1,000) for small projects. Examples: purchasing fabric for students who cannot afford to do so; providing funds for child care for a student who needs to study for examinations; paying admission and transportation costs for field trips.

* Operating costs and teaching supplies or equipment (including computer hardware and software) are NOT eligible. Provision of food (eg for breakfast programs) is not funded.



* Applicant must be a home economist.

* The project must provide direct benefit to students and not used for ongoing needs and costs.

* For major grants, evidence of community involvement and a longer term program potential must be demonstrated. Connections with research objectives are also encouraged.

* The application must explain how low-income or at-risk youth will benefit from the project.



* Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as received.

* Those applications most closely meeting the objectives of the program will receive the highest priority for funding

* Applications will be judged by a committee of the CHEF executive.



* Send the attached application by e-mail to

* Reasons for denial of applications will be provided.

* The applicant’s school district will be notified that these funds have been granted.



*A report and original receipts will be due at the completion of the project; any unused funds must be returned.                                                                                              Rev 07/2013

Applications, by e-mail, will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as received.

Grant Application Form English

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