The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health’s annual grant application process opens today, March 14, 2011. The deadline for submission of applications is April 15, 2011. Any registered charity providing front-line support to people directly affected by mental illness, or to their families, may be eligible for a grant of up to $65,000. In the past two years, the Foundation has awarded over $2.5 million in grants to more than 50 organizations across Canada.

“There is a great need to help those suffering from mental illness, which affects one in five Canadians, and community-based organizations are critical resources in answering this need,” says James Roche, Chairman of the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. “Thanks to Canada Post’s employees, customers and suppliers, nearly $5 million dollars has been raised since the Foundation was formed in 2008, dollars that are delivering hope for people with mental illness.” The 2010 fundraising campaign raised over $2.2 million dollars—the funds that are now available to community groups across Canada.

The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health was established to raise awareness about mental illness and build the capacity of front-line, grassroots organizations supporting individuals and families coping with mental illness. The Foundation is able to do this thanks to the support of Canada Post employees and thousands of Canadians.

To help learn more about the grants and apply, visit www.canadapost.ca/hope.

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