The McLean Foundation is committed to supporting work that is not as likely to be funded by others, but that can make a positive difference.
We look for projects that show promise of improving the wellbeing of people, communities, and our environment which may initially lack broad public appeal.
Areas of Interest:
We support work within and across sectors including: Arts, Environment, Education, Social Welfare and Health.
We are flexible in the types of funding we provide. You can apply for a specific project, an existing program, or general operations. Our grants tend to be up to
$15 000. We also provide larger grants and/or multi-year funding. These types of grants often emerge from previous funding relationships.
To Apply for Funding
- Applications are accepted through our online application portal on an ongoing basis. You can access the portal here.
- The first step is to submit a letter of intent/preliminary application. This is not a separate letter but responses to a series of questions in the application form.
- In the LOI, you are asked to provide the following information:
- About your Organization: Tell us about your organization and what you are known for
- Context/Background: Share important context and background information about the work you are doing and why it is important
- Action Plan: Provide an overview what you will be doing
- Benefits: Describe the benefits of the work who will benefit, what will be improved because of this work)
- Budget: Provide a high-level budget
- Financial Statements: Provide most recent financial statements
- NOTE: The Preliminary proposal/LOI should be brief. There are several questions to answer and the character counts are generous as a default. You are not expected to use the full character count.
- We try to share the outcomes of the LOI stage within 8 weeks.
- The Foundation will generally only review one application per organization per year. If you have already applied for funding this year, please reach out before submitting another application: email@example.com
- Canadian registered charities, and organizations recognized as qualified donees by Revenue Canada are eligible to apply for funding.
As a general rule, the Foundation does not fund the following:
- Capital campaigns; renovations; equipment
- Sponsorship of events/conferences
- General fundraising campaigns
- Projects involving strictly religious purposes or activities
- Projects involving partisan political activities
- Projects or organizations outside of Canada
- International development projects
- Purely academic or basic research
- Reduction of accumulated capital or operating deficits
- Operating requests for umbrella organizations
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org