Local Economy

Grant Announcements – Frontline Healthcare Staff Support Fund

The McConnell Foundation has partnered with HealthCareCAN on the COVID-19 Frontline Healthcare Staff Support Fund.  Over the next three months, support from the fund will enable projects that will help meet frontline staff needs for childcare, counselling and healthy food, along with meeting patient needs for communications support to connect with their families. Nazareth Community […]

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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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How forests fight climate change – Interview with Daimen Hardie and Zach Melanson of Community Forests International

Community Forests International is a New Brunswick-based environmental non-profit, working to connect people and their communities to the forests that sustain them. This interview with two of the co-founders, Daimen Hardie and Zach Melanson, has been edited for length and readability. You operate in rural Africa (Pemba Island, in the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar in […]

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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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What is Social Infrastructure and what does it mean to me?

If you’ve been following the work of Re-Code over the last few years, you’ll likely know that ‘Building Social Infrastructure’ has been the organizing framework for much of our work. Broadly speaking, social infrastructure is the set of organizational arrangements and investments in society’s systems, relationships, and structures that enable us to create a more […]

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Research is integral to making Montreal more inclusive, resilient and innovative

Support for CIRM part of McConnell’s broader city strategy Last week, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal received new funding totaling $3.25 million, which will help in integrating research from diverse academic disciplines and contributing toward efforts to build a more inclusive, resilient and innovative city. McConnell was delighted to join BMO in this […]

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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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