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.

Patricia J. Hames

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 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.


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.


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