The Meaning of Home contest is a unique and meaningful way to get your children involved in creative writing and giving back in their community. Each contest entry results in a $10 donation from Genworth Canada to Habitat for Humanity to build affordable homes in partnership with families in your community. The goal is to teach students the importance of actively participating to better their communities.

While the contest is free to enter, if you would like to match the $10 donation to Habitat as a result of your child’s entry, you can do so by visiting All donations go back to your local Habitat to help them build more homes for more families.

In addition to winning great prizes (listed below), your children will be learning the importance of safe, affordable housing while helping build a home for a future Habitat homeowners.

Each grade will have a grand prize winner and three runners-up.

Grand Prize Winner (three total, one per grade) – $25,000

Each grade winner of the Meaning of Home contest will receive a $25,000 grant to direct to a local Habitat build of their choice. In addition to the $25,000 grant, the contest grand prize winners will also receive an iPad and a pizza party for their class.

3 Runner-up Prizes (nine total, three per grade) – $5,000 grant each

Three contest runners-up per grade will receive a $5,000 grant to direct to a Habitat build project of their choice, an electronic tablet and pizza party for their class.

And $10 per essay will be generously donated by the contest’s founding sponsor, Genworth Canada, to your local Habitat for Humanity for every contest entry submitted.
That means that your child’s participation is helping Canadian families access safe, decent and affordable homes that they pay for with a no down payment, interest-free affordable mortgage.

Resources for Download

Intro Letter
Education Module
Contest Poster
Word Search