Change Challenge


Hess Street Holiday

Are You Eligible

Note: Application deadline: October 20th

You are eligible to apply if:

  • your group or organization or project idea directly supports children in our community, helping them to grow physically, mentally or emotionally (you do not need to be an “official” agency or organization – applications from neighbourhood and community groups are welcome, as are applications from kids, faith groups or schools)
  • your project is open to kids of all backgrounds, faiths, abilities and orientations
  • your project can be realistically accomplished with $25,000 or less
  • your project can realistically be implemented within ONE YEAR

Regrettably, you are NOT eligible for this grant if:

  • your project/idea only benefits one person or family
  • your project/idea takes place outside of the Hamilton Spectator’s readership area
  • your project/idea is designed to make a profit
  • your project/idea supports a specific amateur sports team
  • your project/idea is not open to any child in the community
  • your project/idea supports a specific a political organization or entity
For full rules and regulations click here.

Did you know?

Tackling the root causes of poverty in children will help to break the low-income cycle and make a sustainable difference.

Previous Change Challenge Winner

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It was a privilege to be chosen recipients of the SpecKids Change Challenge. This funding enabled Food4Kids to achieve several milestones, including extending our reach to include 75 additional children, at both Hess St and St David elementary schools. These wonderful children now receive healthy food packages each and every week filled with fruit, vegetables, soups, stews and grains. They say it takes a village to raise a child. We are so grateful to SpecKids Unlimited and the Hamilton Spectator readership for your vote of confidence in Food4Kids and helping to ensure that no child in our community will have to face another weekend, wondering how they will be fed.


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