How to Apply for a Grant

Deadline for Letter of Inquiry

Applicants seeking funding in the area of Adult Education, Environment & Housing Initiatives:

February 14, 2017 (closed)
August 3, 2017

Application Process

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation operates with a two stage application review process:

  1. Letter of Inquiry
  2. Invited Applicant

Letters of Inquiry

Must be received by the due date via our on-line application process

No extensions under any circumstances

Application Process

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation operates with a two stage application review process:
1) Letter of Inquiry (pre-proposal inquiry) and an
2) Invited Applicant (full application process)
All applicants are encouraged to review our application guidelines prior to submitting a Letter of Inquiry.

A Review Committee will evaluate Letters of Inquiry for their coherence with CDF objectives and criteria. If you are successful with the Letter of Inquiry submission you will be invited to submit a full application through our on-line application process.

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation Board currently reviews grant application requests twice yearly to determine successful applications based on the recommendations of its committees.

Please note that the grant application process takes approximately eight weeks from the invited application deadline until board review and approval for the Housing Initiatives Initiatives, the Environmental Enhancement Initiatives and Adult Education Advancement Initiatives areas of focus.

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation will not consider funding the following:

  • Retroactive funding
  • Fund raising campaigns
  • Operating deficits
  • Projects outside of Canada
  • Emergency appeals
  • Purely commercial recordings or film projects

Potential applicants are strongly advised to contact the Foundation office prior to submitting a Letter of Inquiry.

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Areas of Focus
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Adult Education Advancement Initiatives

The Foundation will consider applications that focus on the adult education and learning needs of new Canadians and marginalized populations and in particular, those that seek to address the most pressing contemporary problems and concerns of these groups.

Applicants seeking a grant will submit a Letter of Inquiry via our on-line application process. The inquiry letter should include a short overview of the project and purpose for which assistance is required; a brief description of how the project achieves the goals of the Foundation; briefly, your philosophy of adult education and the role it plays in your organization; the mission and/or vision of your organization; along with a brief budget and time-line of activities.

For further details on the Letter of Inquiry process see the Application Guidelines.

Those organizations invited to submit full proposals will receive notification via our on-line application process.

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Environmental Enhancement Initiatives

The Foundation will consider applications that aim to catalyze a significant increase in public support for fast and deep-reaching climate change solutions. Priority will be given to broad integrated approaches linking disparate initiatives, enhancing public engagement, and integrating marginalized sectors of the population into climate change dialogues and movements. Of particular interest is a desire to engage with and support Indigenous-led climate justice movements.

Applicants seeking a grant will submit a Letter of Inquiry via our on-line application process.

For further details on the Letter of Inquiry process see the Application Guidelines.

Those organizations invited to submit full proposals will receive notification via our on-line application process.

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Housing Initiatives

The Foundation will consider applications for projects that address homelessness and the scandalous lack of affordable housing through research, policy development, capacity building and advocacy within the sector. We want to hear from groups engaged in collective efforts to examine and craft solutions for the root causes of Canada's housing crisis. We particularly want to support innovative and cutting edge projects that give priority to Indigenous Peoples and to newcomer/refugee/immigrant communities.

Applicants seeking a grant will submit a Letter of Inquiry via our on-line application process. The inquiry letter should include a brief description of how the project achieves the goals of the Foundation; a short overview of the project or purpose for which assistance is required; the organization's history and objectives; along with a brief budget and time-line of activities.

For further details on the Letter of Inquiry process see the Application Guidelines.

Those organizations invited to submit full proposals will receive notification via our on-line application process.

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