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Community Action Fund Donation Requests

Safeway has been proudly serving communities across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario, for over 85 years. Whether it’s supporting organizations on the frontlines of food insecurity or making early interventions possible for child and youth mental health, building healthier tomorrows is at the heart of everything we do.  

The Community Action Fund was created in March 2020 to help support immediate needs in the communities we serve. 

Our support of the local community is focused on building healthier tomorrows for more neighbors, by supporting the mental and physical health of children and families. Funding is centered on:

  • Healthy Bodies - removing barriers for more Canadians to access healthy and affordable food.
  • Healthy Minds -early interventions of child & youth mental health 

A healthy body and healthy mind go hand-in-hand, and the community groups we partner with support one or both of these areas of health and wellness.  

Woven throughout our company is our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Through the Community Action Fund, we partner with marginalized groups to help provide the right ingredients to amplify our commitment to build a sense of inclusive belonging for all of our neighbors.

General Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria for Community Action Fund Donations
  • The organization must be a Canadian Registered Charity
  • The donation request is for under $10,000
  • The event or project must directly benefit the communities where we operate
  • The donation request is for a donation vs an event sponsorship* (see below)
  • Eligibility is dependent on the organization agreeing to provide a follow up report that identifies their measures of success
  • The organization must align with one or both areas of support listed above (healthy bodies and healthy minds)
We do not issue charitable donations to the following:
  • Any individual or business endeavours
  • Organizations that collect funds for subsequent redistribution to other charities or to individuals
  • Organizations with values, purposes, policies or practices in conflict with Safeway values
  • Promotion of political organizations and affiliated activities
  • Religious or sectarian programs or purposes, unless they are engaged in a significant project benefiting the entire community
  • Conferences or seminars
  • Salaries or operating costs
  • Endowments
  • Trips and tours
  • Film, video and television productions
  • Publications and advertising 
  • Private clubs
Sponsorship Requests:

If you are seeking a sponsorship related to a for-profit venture or event, please submit your request to: partnerships@sobeys.com

PLEASE NOTE: Sponsorship and donation inquiries from the United States should be directed to:
Provincial and Regional Donations and Sponsorships

Safeway welcomes all donation requests in writing using the application form. With over 100,000 non-profit organizations in Canada, economic realities are such that we must limit our participation to initiatives that best match Safeway's objectives. Safeway's giving priorities primarily focus on building healthy communities by supporting human health and nutrition, hunger prevention, people with disabilities and community based activities. Safeway, by policy, does not support:

  • Individuals
  • Community or goodwill advertising
  • Endowments
  • Trips and tours
  • Film, video and television productions
  • Conferences, seminars, workshops and conventions
  • Service groups and third party fundraisers
  • Publications
  • Initiatives not active within our operating area
  • Private clubs
  • Professional or technical associations
  • Social functions and events (i.e. weddings, birthday parties)

Please limit contributions to a one-time donation during any year for any one organization.

Apply for Support

Please visit your local store for in-kind product donations under $100. To apply for a donation, all requests must be provided using the application form and delivered to the attention of the Store Manager of your local Safeway store. Only requests for the immediate surrounding community will be considered by the Store Manager, and multiple store donation requests are not permitted.
Donations exceeding $100 should be submitted using the application form and emailed to:

If your organization is looking to apply for a discount for a bulk order of Safeway gift cards, please visit here. Discounts are available on orders over $2,000 and applied at the time of order.