Funding Policy


Before 2018, the Foundation will not be accepting any new funding applications until it has completed the exploratory process that will allow it to establish the nature of its philanthropic support for the coming years.

Since 2000, to fulfill its mission of preventing poverty through educational success, the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation has chosen to support local and regional actors in their efforts to mobilize and develop their capacity for action. This approach constitutes one of the Foundation's primary philanthropic actions.

Since 2009, the bulk of this support was made possible through three funds created in conjunction with the Quebec government: Avenir d'enfants, Québec en Forme and Réunir Réussir.

In 2015, under the terms of the joint agreement, Réunir Réussir terminated its activities.

Until 2019-2020

The Foundation will respect its commitments and continue to support regional and local actors, mainly through the intermediary of Avenir d'enfants and Québec en Forme.

  • Until 2019 for Québec en Forme
  • Until 2020 for Avenir d'enfants

During this time, the Foundation intends to focus on updating the orientations of its philanthropic support as well as its relationships with the different actors, while taking into account experiences and lessons learned over the past years.

The Foundation plans to:

  • concentrate its support in disadvantaged environments or areas with a high concentration of disadvantaged families.
  • support different territorial configurations, adapting to the needs, feeling of belonging, leadership and dynamics of partners who share a desire to help create conditions to stimulate the educational success of children and youth in their territory. In other words, the Foundation could support a regional partnership, a stakeholders' table in an urban neighbourhood, or MRC territory (regional county municipality).
  • make its support part of a global and integrated continuum (0-20 years) in terms of young people's development and educational success in Quebec, instead of dividing up its funding based on periods of development (early childhood, for example) or themes (such as healthy lifestyles). The Foundation will, however, continue to pay special attention to early childhood with a focus on prevention.
  • establish respectful relationships with the various partners based on their reality. This relationship will take into account and recognize the contribution of other funds within a given territory and support a process of ongoing, shared learning.

Between now and 2019, the Foundation will experiment with an updated approach and new orientations, working with different partners. For example:

  • Centraide of Greater Montreal's Collective Impact Project (CIP), in which seven foundations have pooled philanthropic resources to support 17 disadvantaged neighbourhoods on the Island of Montreal.
  • Selected territories across Quebec, based on their demographic profile and diversity and actions related to reducing poverty through educational success. 

In 2018-2019

In 2018-2019, the Foundation will be in a position to specify more clearly the nature of its philanthropic support.

The Foundation will be in a position to specify the nature of its philanthropic support, including:

  • The types of processes and concerted action it will support in order to have an impact on the conditions and determining factors of educational success from a perspective of poverty prevention-above and beyond direct, individual or clinical services.
  • The nature of the Foundation's philanthropic role and its relationship with partners and other funders.
  • Other types of resources (data, analyses, knowledge, tools, communication, expertise, support and evaluation) and networks (of citizens, associations or professionals) to which funded territories could have access.
  • Forms of evaluation that promote ongoing learning and shared knowledge.

What the Foundation does not support 

To offer an approach that complements the efforts of other philanthropic organizations and not assume the role of the government, the Foundation will not fund:

  • Direct/clinical services offered by individual organizations to children, youth, parents or families
  • Base funding for organizational operating costs or to supplement government funding
  • Individual grants
  • Emergency funds
  • Equipment
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • School supplies
  • Partisan political activities
  • Fundraising activities
  • Projects outside Quebec


We believe

"We believe" is a short video that uses images to illustrate our constantly renewed desire to prevent poverty for the good of future generations in Quebec.