General Information

The Kindred Charitable Fund endowment is owned by Abundance Canada – charitable registration number 129253308RR0001.

  1. The Kindred Charitable Fund is an initiative of Kindred Credit Union (Kindred) that inspires peaceful, just and prosperous communities. Funded projects must be church or community-based and should contribute to one of the following themes: Financial Empowerment, Community Food Security, Safe and Affordable Housing, or Indigenous Justice and Reconciliation. Applications are now open until October 31, 2022.
  2. The amount for any individual grant may range between $2,500 and $10,000.
  3. Applicants are limited to one application for one grant per year. Applications for multi-year funding must include the ‘Multi-Year Project’ section and any additional information needed to outline the project fully.
  4. Requests for sponsorships, bursaries, or advertising will not be accepted. If your initiative falls within one of these categories please contact your local branch or Kindred Head Office through
  5. Preference is given to:
    • Organizations that are focused on the root causes and/or systemic inequalities of identified issues; and
    • Projects in start-up phase or new initiatives being developed within existing programs.

      Consideration will also be given to organizations that require funding for operating budgets.
  6. Geographic and theme balance along with previous grants received will be taken into consideration during the awarding process.
  7. In an attempt to make this process more equitable, we are asking applicants to indicate whether their application was prepared by a designated/professional grant writer, whether internal to the organization or externally hired.

Submission Requirements

  1. Submissions should include only the completed Kindred Charitable Fund Grant Application. Please do not send additional documents unless requested.
  2. The applicant will make available, upon request, any information required by the Grants Committee including annual or other reports which provide detailed information on program activities and finances.
  3. The application deadline for 2023 grants is October 31, 2022.
  4. Grant recipients for 2023 will be notified in writing by December 31, 2022. Grants will be released upon receipt of a completed Funds Request letter (provided by Kindred).
  5. All grant recipients must submit a report by November 2023, that details the results of the project and progress toward expected impacts within the target community. A template for the report will be sent by Kindred. Copies of any publicity and media coverage should also be included. If grant monies are not used by December 31, 2023, the organization will be required to return the funds to the Kindred Charitable Fund.
  6. Kindred reserves the right to publicize and promote grant recipients and projects. This includes names, amounts, and other project details. Grant recipients are expected to acknowledge Kindred’s contribution in all marketing materials where appropriate. All other applicant information will be kept confidential.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. To be eligible for grants from the Kindred Charitable Fund all applicants must be Qualified Donees as defined by the Income Tax Act. The charitable number is required with the completed application. This number and the charity’s status will be confirmed with the Canada Revenue Agency as proof of registered charitable status.
  2. Grant recipients must ensure that projects are in line with at least one of Kindred’s Charitable Fund themes:

Financial empowerment

Financial empowerment supports individuals gain control of their finances. We work to ensure community members are included by design, and support the skills, tools and confidence leading to increased financial wellbeing.

Community Food Security

From farms to food banks, community gardens to processors, distributors and consumers, the food systems of our communities are key to our health and well-being. We engage with many different partners to improve access and sustainability of food for the benefit of all parts of the system.

Safe and Affordable Housing

The affordability of housing for first-time homebuyers, those on fixed incomes, or supporting those accessing emergency shelters or transitional housing is critical to all our communities. We work with many partners to find solutions that provide safe and healthy places to live for all.

Indigenous Justice and Reconciliation

Indigenous Justice and Reconciliation is a journey of moving towards right relationships built on respect, dignity and equity. It is learning the hidden history of the lands we live on, following the lead of Indigenous communities as they identify what their communities need, and addressing the deep rooted systems of oppression that continue to cause harm.

Learn more about these themes from our Community Inspiration Framework video (10 mins).

See the 2022 Kindred Charitable Fund grant recipients along with short descriptions of their projects.