Updated, December 17, 2020.
Are you still accepting applications for grants?
The Foundation is continuing to accept applications. We expect to make decisions on new funding requests after the announcement of our strategic directions in April 2021.
If I submit now, will my application have priority once granting activity resumes in April?
No. New funding requests will be reviewed according to the criteria of our new strategic directions, not the date upon which they were received. We will make every effort to ensure that all applicants receive a response between April and June, 2021.
How can I submit an application?
You are welcome to submit an online application via our granting portal (https://mcconnell.fluxx.io/), which remains open. Note that the Foundation does not provide guidance on individual applications.
As a current grant recipient, will I still receive grant payments?
For grantees whose proposals have already been accepted and approved by the Board, nothing will change. Please continue to send any report requirements through our granting portal. Your staff contact will ensure that it is processed appropriately.
I am a philanthropic / non-profit partner of the McConnell Foundation. Will the nature of our relationship change?
Continuing to develop and nurture relationships remains foundational to our work. For current partners and co-funders, we are honouring all prior contracts and granting agreements.
What will the Foundation be doing over the next few months while it continues to be on pause from new granting?
A lot! We will also use this time to define clearly our new strategic directions that will be approved by the Board. Also, the Foundation has disbursed a record number of grants in 2020, responding to the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19. These grants require management, evaluation and learning. Additionally, we are reviewing a number of grants received prior to COVID-19.
Can I continue discussions with my staff contact at the Foundation?
Staff remain committed to supporting, listening to and learning from grantees and partners. If you are already in contact with a staff member, they will remain your contact at the Foundation. For general inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please review our general FAQ if you have additional questions.
We recognize that some projects will be delayed as a result of this pause, but feel certain that this time will improve our capacity to be supportive. Meanwhile, as noted above, all previous commitments will be honoured and fulfilled on schedule.