Canadian Home Economics Foundation (CHEF) Awards

The Canadian Home Economics Foundation invites applications for the following award:



The Resource for Youth (Patricia J. Hames*) Award is directed to developing life skills in Canadian youth through the retention and strengthening of home economics/family studies programs in Canadian schools.  The award may also assist in program areas lacking special funding by schools or families. Canadian primary, elementary or secondary school home economics/family studies educators are encouraged to apply to share in these funds.

Amount: The award will provide a maximum of $5,000 per year in grants. More than one grant may be awarded

•    Applicant must be a home economist/human ecologist/family studies teacher.
•    The project must provide direct benefit to students and not be used for ongoing needs and costs.*
•    For large grants, evidence of community involvement and/or benefit a longer term potential must be demonstrated.

Examples of grants:
•    Needs assessment or evaluation of school breakfast or snack programs, after school activities, such as budgeting and smart shopping workshops.
•    Purchasing fabric for students with limited resources.
•    Providing funds for child care for a student who needs to study for examinations.
•    Paying admission and transportation costs for home economics/human ecology/family studies related field trips to support students with limited resources.
•    Provide funds for classroom projects to benefit community/volunteer initiatives.

*Operating costs and teaching supplies or equipment (including computer hardware and software) are NOT eligible. Provision of food (eg. for breakfast programs) is NOT funded.

Deadlines:  Applications will be reviewed twice yearly, with deadlines of November 15 and May 1.

Application Procedure:
•    Submit the General Grant Application Form electronically as an email attachment to .
•    Reasons for denial of application will be provided.
•    The applicant’s school district will be notified that these funds have been granted.
•    Preferably, the funds will be paid to the school to be accessed by the applicant.

•    A report and original receipts will be due at the completion of the project; any unused funds must be returned.

Questions:  Contact

*On October 7, 2017, this award became a designated award with funds provided from the estate of Patricia J. Hames. Dr. Hames was a noted educator and accomplished seamstress who knew no boundaries in making innovative use of technology tools. She embarked on a lengthy career in education, starting with teaching at Loyalist College and Vocational Institute in its first year of operation, and ending with a senior position as a regional representative for Ontario’s Ministry of Education. At the Ministry, her portfolios included aboriginal education, assessment, equity, and family studies. She worked on the Ministry’s regional offices in St. Catharines and London, and assisted school boards and First Nations with curriculum and policy implementation. While pursuing her educational development career, she completed a PhD at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.


The Canadian Home Economics Foundation invites applications for the following award:



The Human Rights Education (Joanne Mackie) Award is directed to providing financial support to home economics teachers for the pursuit of student learning about local and global human rights issues. This award can be used to build student knowledge about local and global citizenry in the context of home economics related projects. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) can serve as an inspiration and guidepost for the development of a project for the home economics classroom.

AMOUNT: The award will provide a maximum of $5,000 per year in grants.

More than one grant may be awarded. Note that multiple grants may be awarded for a total of $5,000 each year.

Canadian middle or secondary school home economics/human ecology/family studies educators are encouraged to apply.

•    Applicant must be a home economist/human ecologist/family studies teacher.
•    The project must provide direct benefit to students’ human rights learning in conjunction with the home economics curriculum and not be used for needs and costs.
•    The project needs to show growth in student understanding and appreciation about global citizenry in the context f home economics.

•    Develop an understanding and appreciation of local or world cultures by learning about cultural foods, textile arts and/or family dynamics. (e.g. traditional methods to prepare foods, forms of textile decoration, family and community practices and/or celebrations.)
•    Supplies for local human rights related projects that will benefit the local community. (This might include but not be limited to food costs or fabric costs for a project addressing a local human rights issue such as food insecurity or lack of clothing or clothing related items.)
•    Funding to cover honoraria for local elder(s)/expert(s) to visit the classroom to share knowledge about human rights issues or to connect virtually with an expert.
•    Funding to cover local transportation costs and admission to a museum/venue to learn more about the human rights issue.
•    Funding to cover admission for a virtual learning experience at a local museum/venue located outside the students’ local community.
•    The project may contain local community involvement outside of the classroom (or may be directed to providing benefit to another classroom at the elementary level).

DEADLINES: Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.   (Teachers are able to apply for funding in advance of the semester in which the project will occur.)


Throughout her life, Joanne Mackie was a strong advocate for Home Economics/Family Studies education and leadership. During her 35-year career as an elementary school teacher, and later in retirement, Joanne was a dedicated member and volunteer for the Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators’ Association (OFSHEEA).She serve two terms as President of OFSHEEA. She was also instrumental in archiving documents for many local and national home economics associations and those documents are  now safely stored in National and Provincial Archives. The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) was a very special organization to Joanne,. She travelled to meetings around the world representing Canada and OFSHEEA. In 2014, she was the main organizer of the very successful IFHE Council meeting in London, Ontario. Additionally, Joanne made several trips to Swaziland (now Eswatini) to assist with the development of home economics programs specific to that region. Joanne’s work with the Hamilton Home Economics Association in Tanzania helped local groups bring attention to the importance of education for girls and the contributions of women in the workplace. Joanne was a great ambassador for Canada and a very strong advocate for the principles and philosophy of home economics and for human rights all over the globe.

To provide support for this award to continue, you may consider sending a cheque to the Canadian Home Economics Foundation, a registered charity. Mail to the address below, specifying it be designated to the Human Rights Education Award. [A reply form is attached for your convenience.] A tax receipt for gifts of $20 or over will be sent to you.

You may also visit our website, to make a donation online.


The Canadian Home Economics Foundation invites applications for the following award:



Purpose: To support/enhance family related food, nutrition and consumer education programs offered in Saskatchewan.

Criteria: In addition to the general terms of reference cited by the Canadian Home Economics Foundation (CHEF), consideration for the Saskatchewan Home Economics Education Award will include at least one of the following:
1.    Enhancement of the home economics teacher education program within the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan.
2.    Support for development/adaptation and delivery of programs that broaden the knowledge for daily living of Saskatchewan people.

Trustees of the Fund will be the Saskatchewan Trustee of CHEF plus two others nominated by the Association of Saskatchewan Home Economists (ASHE).

Amount: The amount awarded annually from the Fund is up to $3,000.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is May 31. Please use the General Grant Application Form (attached).

Procedure:  Submit the completed application electronically as an email attachment in Word, RTF or PDF to

In the event no money is awarded within 3 years, with the consultation and approval of the ASHE Board, the remaining funds will be invested in existing funds held by CHEF.

All donations to the Saskatchewan Home Economics Education Award will be administered by CHEF.

Mailing Address:
Canadian Home Economics Foundation, P.O. Box 2582, Station Main, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4B3.

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