Frequently Asked Questions
When do I need to apply for funding? Is there a deadline for submitting requests?
The deadline for preliminary applications for The Orange Door Project grant program (formerly the Affordable Housing Grant Program) has passed. Applicants not selected to complete our full application will automatically be considered for funding through our Community Grants program and will receive a notification regarding their application status on or before March 31, 2015.
Applications for our Community Grants Program requests are reviewed throughout the year. Organizations can expect to receive a response within four to six weeks of their submission date.
How do I apply for a donation from The Home Depot Canada Foundation?
Submit an online application using the link on the Grant Programs page.
Should I confirm via phone or e-mail that my request has been received?
No, Community Grant Program applicants will receive a response within four to six weeks of submitting their request. Should you not receive a response in this timeframe please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Orange Door Project grant applicants will receive a response within three months of the full application deadline.
Can I present my request in person?
Due to the high volume of requests we receive, our policy is to have all proposals submitted using our online application form. We ensure that every proposal is assessed on its merits, and evaluated based on our funding criteria. Should we have additional questions about it, we will contact you directly to discuss it further.
How much is a reasonable request?
The dollar amount of a grant depends on the funding required for the specific project. Grants issued through our Community Grants Program generally do not exceed $5,000 and grants issued through our The Orange Door Project grant program are a maximum of $50,000 each.
What are The Home Depot Canada Foundation's funding priorities?
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to taking action on youth homelessness by supporting the housing needs of Canada’s youth. As such, preference is given to projects that support the development of affordable housing and community improvement projects that benefit homeless youth. Eligible projects include small-scale affordable housing and neighbourhood improvement projects that involve rebuilding, repairing, painting, refurbishing, landscaping, and planting.
Are there areas that The Home Depot Canada Foundation does not fund?
Yes, The Home Depot Canada Foundation does not fund:
- Organizations that are not Revenue Canada designated charities
- Fundraising initiatives, including auctions, benefits, dinners, exhibits, conferences and sports events
- Courtesy or journal advertising campaigns
- Endowments or capital campaigns
- Administrative or capital costs (e.g. overhead, office equipment, salaries)
- Personal or group expeditions
- Sports teams and sponsorships
- Religious organizations
- Public or private educational institutions
- Child care centres
- Film, music, television, video and media production projects or broadcast underwriting
Are individual causes eligible for donations?
The Home Depot Canada Foundation guidelines restrict funding to Canadian charities with a charitable registration number assigned by Canada Revenue Agency.
When will I hear if my request has been approved?
Applicants of our Community Grants Program are notified within four to six weeks of receipt. Applicants invited to submit a full application for The Orange Door Project grant program will be notified of their application status on or before April 30, 2015.
Please note that due to the large volume of requests we receive, we are unable to respond to telephone or e-mail inquiries regarding the status of requests.
My request falls within your funding criteria but it was declined, why?
The Home Depot Canada Foundation receives many more applications that it can fund, and even though your request may meet our funding criteria, the funds may not be available at the time. We suggest you apply again in the following calendar year. Please note that due to the large volume of requests we receive, we are unable to respond to telephone or e-mail inquiries regarding the details of declined requests.
Does The Home Depot Canada Foundation have geographic restrictions?
The Home Depot Canada Foundation provides funding to charitable organizations that operate in Canada.
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How can I volunteer at a Team Depot project?
Team Depot is The Home Depot's associate volunteer force. This program is an opportunity for The Home Depot's associates to offer their expertise and service to charitable organizations. To learn more about community based volunteer opportunities please contact one of our community partners directly.
My question is not addressed here. Who can I contact?
Please e-mail email@example.com with any additional questions you have.