Have questions about how your work might fit with our focus areas? We’re here to help.

We have made weekly virtual office hours available to assist applicants in determining whether their project has sufficient alignment with our focus areas. Each focus area has designated office hours when program staff are available to discuss questions relevant to their area.

Office hours are not a mandatory step in submitting an application. They an opportunity to check the eligibility of your project or idea and to explore how it may be a fit with McConnell’s Focus Areas. During office hours, we are happy to provide more details about our Focus Areas and share the lens through which proposals will be reviewed. However, we do not review nor provide feedback on draft applications

Prior to booking an appointment, we encourage you to review the Communities, Reconciliation and Climate focus area webpages, as well as our Funding and Partnerships Guide.  If you prefer to correspond by email, please write to us and we will be happy to direct your inquiry to the best person.  


Use the calendars below to book a 15-minute conversation with a member of our program staff. 

Communities Office Hours     Reconciliation Office Hours

Climate Office Hours 



Communities Virtual Office Hours

Book a conversation with our Communities team


Reconciliation Virtual Office Hours

Book a conversation with our Reconciliation team

Climate Virtual Office Hours

Please note that the Climate focus area is changing its approach in 2023. During this time, our application portal will not be accepting Climate funding applications. We will provide updates on reopening the portal for new Climate applications, in late 2023. We will maintain virtual office hours for the climate focus area at a reduced frequency until the application portal is reopened. Find out more.

Book a conversation with our Climate team