Interested in applying for a Social Innovation Fund grant? Use this guide to learn more.

In commemoration of its 75th Anniversary, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is pleased to launch the McConnell Social Innovation Fund.

Improving the lives of Canadians—and contributing to a more resilient society—requires breakthrough ideas and approaches. Game changing strategies and collaborations, and continuous innovation are required to lift us all up. This Fund supports organizations looking to strengthen their capacities in order to scale for greater impact.

The Fund has two components—one for early stage innovations and a second for scaling up successful social innovations and for mature organizations diversifying program and business models.

The McConnell Social Innovation Fund will support work that is congruent with the Foundation’s own mission and granting priorities, in the following categories:


  • Community sector organizations that have proven or promising early stage innovations and that need additional support to create the capacity and conditions to effectively sustain them.


  • Established organizations that are operating successful social innovations which they are planning to scale up to meet growing demand.
  • Established organizations (over $1 million annual budget) that are introducing new innovations that significantly modify or complement their core business.

In addition to providing direct grants through the Fund, the Foundation may convene meetings with other social innovators, policy makers and funders; arrange access to Innoweave workshops; and commission studies or reports.