Employee Volunteer Grants
Syncrude is proud of our employees who volunteer and make vital contributions to their communities. To celebrate and encourage their efforts, we offer our employees volunteer and busing grants. We also support employees in their efforts toward lifelong learning with a matching educational grant.
In 2012, we distributed $116,000 to 70 non-profit organizations and another $80,000 through busing grants, thanks to employee and retirees who volunteer in the community.
Employee Volunteer Grants
Employees may apply for two $500 Employee Volunteer Grants a year, for separate organizations. To be eligible, employees must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours a calendar year to a non-profit organization.
Employees may apply for one $2,000 Busing Grant a year for an organization that has a youth/travel focus. To be eligible, employees must have volunteered a minimum of 40 hours with the group.
Syncrude awards the grants on a first-come, first-served basis, while the funds exist. We attempt to distribute funds evenly between the non-profit organizations that our employees support.
Volunteer and Bussing Grants will be processed once a month and depending on the timing of the application, it may take up to eight weeks for notification and a cheque to be forwarded directly to the organization.
- Permanent full-time employees that have been employed for more than six months or permanent part-time employees that have been employed for more than one year or retired Syncrude employee
- The employee/retiree must be currently involved with the organization and have volunteered a minimum of 40 hours before applying for a grant
- The employee/retiree must be confirmed, active, continuing and unpaid by the organization (occasional involvement, advising, infrequent attendance at meetings or participating in intermittent fund-raising activities is not considered “active” involvement)
- Volunteers who are active in more than one organization may apply on behalf of a maximum of two eligible organizations a year
- Family members of employees are not eligible to apply
- Syncrude employees seconded to educational institutions or non-profit organizations are not eligible to apply
- A Canadian organization with a charitable business number issued by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (for more information visit the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency website)
- Amateur Athletic Association (for youth only) or a non-profit organization as defined in the Canadian Income Tax Act
- A Canadian public elementary or high school (kindergarten to grade 12) parent volunteer associations, for example a Parent Teacher Leadership Group (PTLG)
- A project that contributes to a worthwhile community service and is broad-based in its reach to the community, such as training or workshops, etc.
- Any activity/organization where the individual applicant is the sole beneficiary
- Organized labour, political parties, election campaigns and religious or cultural organizations
- Organizations solely designed to provide a service to other Syncrude employees, such as social clubs
- Major capital campaigns, travel expenses, meetings, conferences, symposiums and forum expenses, registration fees, remuneration, honorariums, scholarships, fellowships and living expenses
- For-profit organizations
- Any fundraising campaign that takes place at Syncrude during working hours where employees are asked to participate, for example the Syncrude Employee United Way Campaign
- Clubs and activities where involvement is for one’s own pleasure and enjoyment or those that provide benefit only to the interest of the company or industry, or company employees and their families, or which represent a conflict of interest for the applicant.
Employee Education Grants
Syncrude will match employee contributions to accredited post-secondary institutions, to a maximum of $500 per calendar year, per employee.
Eligible educational institutions are those Canadian colleges and universities that are a member of either the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada or the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. They must be accredited post-secondary institutions authorized to issue receipts that are accepted by the federal government for tax deduction purposes.