Please be advised that The McConnell Foundation is postponing decisions on new grants until December, 2020.

This pause will enable us to complete a leadership transition; to manage the large volume of grants made in response to the COVID pandemic and in line with our commitment to disburse at least 5% of our endowment; and to reflect on our future direction in light of the changing context for philanthropy in Canada.

We recognize that some projects will be delayed as a result of this pause, but feel certain that this time is necessary and will improve our capacity to support grantees and partners. Meanwhile, all previous commitments will be honoured and fulfilled on schedule.

The Foundation’s granting portal remains open for applications, but we caution that it may take an additional three to four months to complete review.

If you have any questions, please visit our Granting Pause FAQ.


We seek to deepen the impact of our philanthropy by:

  • advancing our understanding of complex issues
  • learning and adapting as an organization
  • working with strategic intent
  • building strong relationships

We provide grants to a limited number of initiatives. Proposals should be submitted via our online portal where they will be reviewed by our program staff.