Please note that due to the large volume of applications received, we have closed the intake of new applications to the Food Rx: COVID-19 Patient Food Security Fund.


The McConnell Foundation has made an inaugural $500,000 grant towards two funds to help meet frontline healthcare needs in light of COVID-19, without duplicating government funding. These funds will be administered by key healthcare networks: 

  • HealthCareCAN’s “COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Staff Support Fund” will support frontline staff needs for childcare, counselling and healthy food, along with meeting patient needs for communications support to connect with their families.
  • Nourish’s “Food Rx: COVID-19 Patient Food Security Fund”, will provide support for health care organizations to meet the needs of their patients for whom the pandemic has created, or is exacerbating, food insecurity.


Eligible Applicants

Health care organizations, including hospitals, health authorities long-term care facilities, Indigenous health services, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, and Community Health Centres. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects with community partners.


Grant Size, Duration, Timing

Grant size: Up to $50,000 

Duration: Funds must be spent within three months. However, proposals that leverage this funding to prototype and pilot projects that could continue beyond this time frame are encouraged. 

Timing: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, with a final deadline of June 30.