Change Challenge


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Have you got a fabulous idea to help make kids in Hamilton happier or healthier? SpecKids Unlimited is offering a grant of up to $25,000 to a person or organization with an outstanding project to improve the lives of children in our community.

Applying is simple. Here’s how it works:

If you know of a brilliant way to help kids in The Hamilton Spectator’s readership area, apply to us by using an application form found here. The deadline for applications -- which can include written submissions, photos, drawings and video -- is October 20th.

Our SpecKids team will sort through the applications and narrow the list down to the five submissions we feel will most benefit children in this area. Then it’s back to YOU! We will publish submissions from five finalists both in The Spectator and on Then we will let Spectator readers help decide who gets the money by allowing you to vote on your favorite idea from among the finalists.  You can help promote your favorite idea by getting the word out so people visit and vote for your cause!

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Did you know?

One out of every four children lives in poverty in Hamilton. Their rates of poverty are even worse than those of adult Hamiltonians.

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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