Community Economic Development

Funding announcements – Food Rx Fund

Funding announcements – Food Rx Fund   Food Rx: COVID-19 Patient Food Security Fund, from the Nourish initiative, will provide targeted funding over the next three months so that health care organizations can increase their capacity to meet the needs of their patients for whom the pandemic has created, or is exacerbating, food insecurity.   […]

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Spotlight on New Grants (June 2020)

In view of the critical nature of the period through which society is passing, the Board has decided to increase its granting activities. We have joined the Give5 initiative, which calls upon foundations to disburse at least 5% of their endowments instead of the statutory minimum of 3.5%.  The Trustees of the McConnell Foundation have […]

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Supporting Alberta businesses and strengthening community resilience during COVID-19

EDMONTON, May 14, 2020 – Many communities are looking for ways to support local businesses that are struggling to survive the COVID-19 lockdown and the reopening of the economy. In response, Community Wealth Sharing, an initiative of the McConnell Foundation, is launching a pilot project to support Alberta businesses by working with ATB and its […]

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Supporting local merchants and strengthening community resilience during COVID-19

OTTAWA, April 29, 2020 – The COVID-19 crisis is putting thousands of small owner-operated merchants and restaurants in jeopardy. Having to pay fixed costs while revenues dwindle — in some cases to zero — they risk having to shut down and declare bankruptcy. That’s why the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (BIA) and Crowdfund Canada […]

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Accelerate action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals : ESDC launches call for proposals

The Government of Canada launched a call for proposals on an ongoing basis under the Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program for 2019-2020 to support and leverage the work of stakeholders furthering Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding for one-year projects aimed at building awareness, increasing […]

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Garantie Solidaire: Improving access to capital in the social sector

This fall, the McConnell Foundation, La Caisse d’économie Solidaire, Chagnon Foundation and Saputo Foundation introduced a brand new financial tool designed to help Quebec’s social economic and organizations working for the betterment of their communities. The new initiative, Garantie Solidaire, injects $15 million into the community sector through a loan guarantee program that is open […]

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Nourish Newsletter: Healthcare Food Purchasing – Going Beyond Local to Talk About Sustainability

Curating value through local and sustainable food supply chains Introduction to Summer 2017 Nourish e-newsletter by the Nourish Team and Wendy Smith, Contract Specialist, MEALsource and Nourish Advisor We’ve come a long way in championing local food in Canada. Five years ago, it was difficult to imagine healthcare institutions ever making local procurement a priority. Today, local food […]

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Montreal subway cars get new life and revitalize public space

By Elvira Truglia  Montreal’s South West is in the midst of transformation. Some residents have had roots in the borough for generations, while others have flocked to the area attracted by new housing as well as business opportunities. Two young entrepreneurs want to create a unique space in the borough that will pay homage to Montreal’s […]

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