Catherine Donnelly Foundation
Coming Soon: Next letter of inquiry deadline: July 7, 2023
The Catherine Donnelly Foundation operates with a two-stage application review process:
- Letter of Inquiry (pre-proposal inquiry)
- Invited Applicant (full application process)
A Review Committee will evaluate Letters of Inquiry for their adherence 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 portal.
The Catherine Donnelly Foundation Board currently reviews grant application requests twice yearly, in February and August, 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 all areas of focus:
We prioritize the prevention and elimination of homelessness as well as the provision of safe and affordable housing. We advocate a shift from an emergency-response model to a rights-based approach that removes systemic barriers preventing marginalized and low-income populations from accessing housing.
We support projects that use adult education processes to assist marginalized people to collectively name the racism, poverty, violence or other forms of exclusion and oppression they experience.
We seek to mobilize public opinion to build up “just” industries and livelihoods that generate green jobs as part of a low-carbon economy. These efforts should support well-being economies that eradicate poverty, distribute wealth equitably, and uphold human rights.
We engage with our capital and fully understanding its power is a matter of ethical integrity; there is an inherent contradiction in granting for a healthier environment and a more equitable and just society with funds from the proceeds of ‘dirty’ and unethical investments.
All applicants are encouraged to review our Application Guidelines and to contact the Foundation office prior to submitting a Letter of Inquiry.