Capacity strengthening funding
McConnell has a long history of supporting capacity strengthening initiatives for the charitable and non-profit sector. We currently support capacity strengthening in three ways:
1) as part of our focus area funding,
2) for initiatives that benefit the sector, and
Our resources for dedicated Capacity Strengthening initiatives are limited, as such, we do not currently have a direct application for this type of funding. However costs related to Capacity Strengthening can be factored into applications submitted under our focus areas. We encourage partners to integrate organizational development costs that will help ensure the success of the project they are proposing, while also building longer-term capacity. Examples might include funds to support leadership and staff professional development, to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA) and reconciliation within their organization, develop or implement an emissions reduction plan, or project-specific training. For guidance on integrating capacity strengthening elements into focus area proposals please refer to our Funding and Partnerships Guide.
In addition to funding through our focus areas, McConnell proactively supports networks that serve a larger group of organizations in the non-profit and charitable sector. Examples include funding for the development of public policy that strengthens the sector, or support for field-building and market development in social finance or impact investing.
Note: for the time being, we are not accepting applications for this funding area.