The McConnell Foundation dedicates itself to work in the following three focus areas, and all funding requests need to align with at least one of them:

Scope: Contribute to Canada’s transition to a net-zero carbon economy in a way that produces sustainable and equitable outcomes for all. For more detailed information visit this webpage

Scope: Advance a reconciliation economy where wealth and resources are equitably shared and sustainably stewarded for this generation and those yet to come, in relationship with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. For more detailed information visit this webpage

Scope: Strengthen collective resilience among those affected by continuous stress and the repercussions of the pandemic while building inclusive communities that are more future ready. For more detailed information visit this webpage.


All proposals must be submitted via our online portal where they will be reviewed by our team. 

We seek to advance community wellbeing and environmental sustainability at a generational scale.

We do this by, :

  • providing funding for organizations to carry out activities that make a difference, including providing multi-year funding when needed
  • making impact investments
  • convening stakeholders within and across domains
  • interacting with governments and supporting policy development
  • strengthening sector capacities
  • fostering communication and collaboration platforms to reinforce the impact of collective efforts


Our portal offers different channels to apply:

Focus Areas
Financial support is typically given to registered charities as a result of unsolicited applications made to the Foundation. We support organizations whose ideas have potential for national impact, and we fund organizations in our focus areas across Canada. We’re interested in initiatives that seek large systems change. 

Montreal Funding
Alongside our focus areas, the Foundation remains deeply committed to our Montreal roots, where we continue to support local projects as we have done since our founding in 1937. In addition to funding Montreal-based projects that advance our three focus areas, we devote approximately $1,500,000 – $2,000,000 annually to charities that have a positive impact on the greater Montreal community. We accept a small number of applications for Montreal funding yearly. Download our Application Guidelines to learn about eligibility requirements and assessment criteria.

Social Innovation Fund
The Social Innovation Fund supports organizations aligned with our focus areas that want to strengthen their capacity to take their impact to the next level. This could include scaling a new operational model, aligning organizational structure with a new strategy, or creating new partnerships. Learn more here.

Innoweave helps passionate leaders of successful  organizations raise their game. It helps them learn about, select, and implement new tools and approaches. A suite of online tools, workshops, and coaching streams enables organizations to generate greater impact and advance their missions. Visit the Innoweave website to learn more.