Do you have application deadlines?
There are no formal deadlines to apply for funding. The Foundation accepts letters of intent on an ongoing basis.
Can anyone apply?
Any Canadian non-profit with a charitable registration number may apply.
How can my organization apply?
Read through the information on our web site to determine whether your project may qualify. To submit an application, please visit the Apply for Suport section of our website and follow the directions on that page.
Can we apply if we are not a non-profit organization?
No. Max Bell Foundation only funds organizations with registered charity numbers.
Can Max Bell Foundation fund internationally?
Max Bell Foundation only funds projects that take place in Canada that are undertaken by Canadian non-profits with a registered charity number.
Can I schedule a meeting with Foundation staff to discuss projects and/or funding opportunities?
Yes, although we prefer to meet with people that have submitted a letter of intent that clearly aligns with our funding priorities.
Do you have any scholarships for children, youth or adults?
No, the Foundation does not provide this kind of funding.
Can I send a letter of intent by mail or email?
No, all letters of intent must be submitted through our online application process. To submit a letter of intent, please visit the Apply for Support section of our website and follow the directions on that page.
Do you make general support grants?
No, the Foundation only funds projects that have a clear start and finish date, and accomplish a measurable public policy or practice objective.
Do you fund endowments or capital campaigns?
The Foundation does not support endowments or capital costs, including construction or renovation.
Does my project have to have a public policy or practice element?
Yes. Max Bell Foundation’s mission is to encourage the development of forward looking innovations that impact public policies and practices with an emphasis on health and wellness, education, and the environment.
When and how will I be notified if my application has been declined or if the Foundation will be requesting a formal proposal?
Organizations will receive an automated response confirming that their application has been received and, in general, are notified via email within four weeks if their application has been declined or if the Foundation would like to request additional information about a funding request.
Does the foundation provide feedback on proposals that are not selected for funding?
Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to respond to requests for feedback. Our decision is based on the substance of your proposed work, and how well it fits with our mission, programs, and criteria.
Projects from my organization have been declined in previous years. Can I reapply?
Yes, you can apply for new projects if former applications have been declined.
My organization received a grant last year. Can I apply again for funding this year?
Yes, you can apply again. The Foundation does not restrict organizations from applying immediately after receiving funding.
Do proposals submitted at different times of the year have a better chance of receiving funding?
No. We evaluate proposals using the same criteria all year.
What types of support does Max Bell Foundation offer?
Max Bell Foundation supports projects that encourage the development of innovative ideas that impact public policies and practices with an emphasis on health and wellness, education, and the environment. Please visit our Granting Guidelines page for detailed information about Max Bell Foundation grants.
How much money can my organization apply for?
Apply for the amount of money that you need to complete your project. Be aware that Max Bell Foundations generally funds 30-60% of a project, and prefers to fund projects that have other funders.
What are the most common reasons for a grant application to be refused?
The Foundation is only able to support projects that align with our mission and criteria. The following are the most common reasons that grant applications are declined:
- No relation to Max Bell Foundation mission or program area: requests must fall within the specified areas of interest for Health & Wellness, Environment and Education.
- No policy relevance: the Foundation funds projects with the potential to inform public policy decision made by government bodies and other governing bodies that operate for the public good, and affect the lives a range of Canadians.
- Grant seeks program support: the Foundation does not support ongoing programs. Instead, we seek to fund projects that have a defined beginning and end, and a tangible outcome caused by the project. Programs currently underway, or that have indefinite end points are not eligible for support.
- Theory of change: the Foundation funds projects that have a mature, well-developed plan for the way in which the work will be carried out and disseminated, and can demonstrate a high likelihood of informing public policy decisions.
- Local impact only: the Foundation prefers to fund programs that have the potential to impact Canadians at a National or Provincial level.
- Insufficient impact: the Foundation prefers to fund projects that have the project to impact large groups of Canadians, rather than programs that may impact small groups.
- Pure research: while the Foundation does often fund research projects, the project must have an outcome that will do more than advance the current body of knowledge. The research must have the potential to effect change and inform policy decisions.
What kind of recognition opportunities is Max Bell Foundation interested in?
Max Bell Foundation is generally not interested in naming opportunities, nor do we seek publicity for our grants. We are pleased to be recognized according to your Gift Acceptance Policy standards. We encourage you to save naming opportunities or public announcements for funders that will find them more appealing.
What is public policy?
Public policy refers to official decisions that guide the activities of organizations operating in the public interest. Such organizations include governments and non-profit organizations at the local, municipal, regional, provincial, and national levels.
For example, public policy decisions can be expressed as legislation, resolutions, regulations, by-laws, appropriations, court decisions, etc.
Public policy refers not only to decisions, but also the programs and administrative practices undertaken by organizations operating in the public interest.