Changing Lives by Supporting Adult Literacy

Changing Lives by Supporting Adult Literacy

Changing Lives by Supporting Adult Literacy

The application portal for the 2024 Peter Gzowski Foundation Literacy Grants is now closed.

The 2024 Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy Grants Program provides 15 grants of $20,000. The deadline for applications was March 22, 2024 at 9PM PST. Grant decisions will be communicated by June 9, 2024.

For information about the 2024 Grants Program, please view FAQs and Program Guidelines.

Peter Gzowski began the Peter Gzowski Invitationals (PGIs) in 1986 to raise money for and awareness about the literacy challenges facing the country. Following Peter’s death in 2002, the PGFL, created with an endowment from the federal government, took on responsibility for the PGIs.

The 20th anniversary of Peter’s death along with changes observed in fundraising efforts and the impact of COVID-19 led PGFL’s Board of Directors to discuss how the PGFL could have a different impact on the literacy challenge.

We recognized the Foundation’s endowment could be used in other ways to continue to support literacy activities. We decided to provide funding through grants. Our objective is to encourage a positive impact through direct financial support without the resources required to organize fundraising events. The Board of Directors for the Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy (PGFL) ended the PGIs for Literacy on December 31, 2022. 

We thank our PGI Partners for their years of effort to mount fundraising activities to promote literacy awareness in Canada. We thank the thousands of people who have come out over the years to support literacy, including the volunteers, poet laureates, musicians, sponsors, and Learner Award and Peter Gzowski Award recipients.

We believe that Peter’s vision can continue to live on by using the PGFL endowment funds in this new way. 

Please go to our grants page for a list of 2023 recipients. 

About Us

The Peter Gzowski Foundation for Literacy (PGFL) is the national body that stewards an endowment dedicated to promoting literacy awareness and supporting adult literacy programming across Canada.

Where it all began

In 1985, while playing on what had been his grandfather’s favorite golf course, award winning Canadian broadcaster and journalist Peter Gzowski an idea…