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The Home Depot Canada Foundation believes that good neighbours make great neighbourhoods. The Foundation is dedicated to sharing our time, knowledge and resources to support affordable housing and build strong communities for Canadians in need. Our primary focus is supporting initiatives that help put an end youth homelessness.

As such, we provide support to Canadian registered charities who share our commitment to building strong communities and helping homeless and vulnerable youth through two grant programs:

Grant Programs

The Home Depot Canada Foundation believes that good neighbours make great neighbourhoods. The Foundation is dedicated to sharing our time, knowledge and resources to support affordable housing and build strong communities for Canadians in need. Our primary focus is supporting initiatives that help put an end youth homelessness.

As such, we provide support to Canadian registered charities who share our commitment to building strong communities and helping homeless and vulnerable youth through two grant programs:

  1. Community Grants - provides registered Canadian charities with funding for affordable housing and community based improvement projects that benefit Canadians in need, in particular homeless youth and encourage hands-on service through volunteer engagement.

    • Maximum Grant: $5,000 (cash and/or The Home Depot gift card)
    • Application deadline: applications are accepted year-round for this program
    • Eligible Projects include but are not limited to: small-scale renovation and repair projects and programs that benefit vulnerable youth and affordable housing and neighbourhood improvement projects that involve rebuilding, repairing, painting, refurbishing, landscaping, and planting.
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  2. Affordable Housing Grants - provides funding to Canadian registered charities making repairs, refurbishments and/or modifications to a housing accomdation that benefits homeless and vulnerable youth.

    • Maximum Grant: up to $25,000 cash
    • Program Deadline: : The LOI deadline for the 2014 cycle of our Affordable Housing Grants Program has passed.
    • Eligible Projects include but are not limited to: window replacement, weatherizing, painting, enhancements to the outdoor landscape (i.e. trees, gardens, seating areas), lighting or fixture upgrade projects, insulation improvements, small kitchen or washroom renovations.
  3. The application deadline for the 2014 cycle of our Affordable Housing Grants Program has passed. As such, we are not accepting applications for this program at this time.


    Please check back regularly for more information about our next granting cycle.

Guidelines & Exclusions

The Home Depot Canada Foundation supports the development of affordable housing and community improvement projects that make lasting physical improvements to the neighbourhoods we serve. Our primary focus is to support housing initiatives that benefit homeless and vulnerable youth.

Organizations and projects that meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Canadian charities that have a charitable registration number (assigned by Canada Revenue Agency).
  • Project is taking place in Canada
  • Project will get underway within six months of application submission.
  • Project serves a disadvantaged population in Canada.

    N.B. Preference will be given to housing projects that benefit Canadian youth in need.

Preference will also be given to projects that encourage the involvement of volunteers (local The Home Depot associate volunteers and/or community volunteers).

Please be advised, The Home Depot Canada Foundation does not fund:

  • Organizations that are not Revenue Canada designated charities
  • Individuals
  • 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 sponsorships
  • Religious organizations
  • Public or private educational institutions
  • Child care centres
  • Film, music, television, video and media production projects or broadcast underwriting

Please note:

  • Only organizations with a charitable registration number will be considered.
  • No hand-written applications will be accepted.
  • The Home Depot Canada Foundation is only able to fund a small percentage of the many worthwhile proposals we receive. As such, Foundation staff are unable to discuss details regarding unsuccessful applications.

Grant Recipients

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is proud to support our partners as well as registered Canadian charities that share our commitment to developing affordable housing and completing community improvement projects that make lasting physical improvements to the neighbourhoods we serve. Please click here for a complete list of the organizations and projects we have supported this year.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to apply for funding? Is there a deadline for submitting requests?

The deadline for our current cycle of Affordable Housing Grants has passed. As such, we are not accepting applications for this program at this time. Please check back regularly for more information about this program.
Community Grants Program requests are reviewed throughout the year. Organizations can expect to receive a response within four to six weeks of receipt.

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, all 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 canadafoundation@homedepot.com. Affordable Housing Grant Program 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 Affordable Housing Grants Program are a maximum of $25,000 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 and vulnerable 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
  • Individuals
  • 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. Affordable Housing Grants Program applicants receive a response within three months of the full application deadline.

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.

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 canadafoundation@homedepot.com with any additional questions you have.