Funding Policy

Update: November 13, 2017

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Before spring 2018: The Foundation will not be accepting any new funding applications until it has established a framework for its philanthropic support for the coming years.

In 2018-2019, the Foundation will begin to progressively implement its updated approach.

Until then, the Foundation will respect its commitments, continuing to provide support for regional and local actors, mainly through Avenir d'enfants and Québec en Forme.

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

The mission of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation is to prevent poverty through educational success. The Foundation provides long-term support for organizations and associations that work together to develop their capacity to improve the educational success of all children living in Quebec. 

Because the partnerships with Avenir d'enfants and Québec en Forme will not be renewed, the Foundation is presently working on updating the framework of its philanthropic support and its relationships with partners and communities. It is also meeting with various actors and leaders to discuss its orientations

Poverty is a complex social issue that cannot be approached from a single angle. In the coming years, the Foundation will increase its support in the following areas:

I - Communities

  • By concentrating its support in disadvantaged environments or in areas with a high concentration of disadvantaged families.
  • By supporting different community configurations, adapting to the needs, sense of belonging, leadership and dynamics of partners who share a desire to help create conditions that will stimulate the educational success of children and youth in their community or region. For example, the Foundation could support a regional partnership, a stakeholders' table in an urban neighbourhood or MRC (regional county municipality).
  • By making its support part of an ongoing global and integrated approach over a continuum (0-20 years). The Foundation will avoid dividing up its funding based on periods of development (early childhood, for example) or themes (such as healthy lifestyles). It will, however, continue to pay special attention to early childhood, with a focus on prevention.

The Foundation has already begun to implement its updated approach. For example:


  • A common vision of change to be shared by community leaders, involving citizens;
  • Initiatives linked to the prevention of poverty through educational success;
  • Access to networks and resources (tools, data, expertise, support) aimed at developing a capacity for action (changes in practices, collaborative efforts, communication, advocacy, innovation, learning and evaluation).
  • As part of 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 (Ahuntsic, Bordeaux-Cartierville, Centre-Sud, Côte-des-Neiges, Lachine, LaSalle, Mercier-Est, Mercier-Ouest, Ouest-de-l'Île, Parc-Extension, Peter-McGill, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Rosemont, Saint-Léonard, Saint-Michel, Verdun and Ville-Émard/Côte-St-Paul).
  • With selected communities across Quebec, based on their demographic profile and diversity. For example, the Foundation is currently working with the Charlevoix region (2 MRCs), the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, the city of Sherbrooke and the MRC of Pierre-De Saurel in Montérégie-Est.

II - Networks

The Foundation is also interested in offering its support to actors from different sectors (early childhood, communities, social development, philanthropy, municipal, economic, schools, etc.) that are innovating, disseminating practices, sharing knowledge and taking part in the dialogue on public policy.

It is already supporting such varied networks as:

  • Projet CAR, a partnership whose goal is to encourage several school teams to collectively take responsibility for improving their own expertise and their students' success, thus increasing their graduation rate.
  • The Réseau québécois de développement social (RQDS), which has developed a portal that makes available social development tools that are used in various regions of Quebec. These tools are being used to fight poverty and exclusion, keep youth in school and provide support for families, ensure food security and transportation, etc.
  • The Réseau pour un Québec Famille, an association of provincial organizations-communities, municipalities, education establishments, health and social services and unions-that are concerned about the situation of Quebec families.
  • The Regroupement des organismes communautaires jeunesse du Québec (ROCAJQ), which promotes and develops a global community approach and independent community action while informing, educating and raising the awareness of the general public about the realities of today's youth.

III - Resources

The Foundation plans to provide support for organizations and projects that offer resources (such as data, knowledge, tools or events) to actors in communities and networks in order to strengthen their capacity for action. It also intends to support resources that focus on ensuring that the general public and decision-makers are better informed about the prevention of poverty through educational success.

Here are a few examples of the initiatives that are already supported by the Foundation:

  • Communagir, offers training and support to individuals and groups to help them accomplish the changes they consider necessary for their collective development.
  • The Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD) and the Quebec Study of Child Development in Kindergarten (QSCDK) conducted by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
  • CartoJeunes, an interactive cartography platform that provides access to thousands of data on the living conditions and academic paths of young Quebecers.
  • Naître et grandir, a source of scientifically validated information to support Quebec parents in the daily care of their children, from conception until 8 years of age.
  • The Observatoire des tout-petits (Early Childhood Observatory), which compiles the most rigorous data available on 0-5 year-olds, prepares special reports and incites dialogue on the collective action needed to address early childhood issues.


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The Foundation's guiding principles

  • To establish relationships based on cooperation, mutual respect and trust that take into account the reality of its partners. The Foundation will take into account and acknowledge the participation of other funders.
  • To present itself as a learning organization by continually listening to its partners and working with them to agree on evaluation methods that will encourage ongoing learning and the sharing of knowledge.
  • To agree at the outset on the duration of its support and the relative share of its financial contribution, even if it will last for several years, so that partners can maintain their independence and prepare for financial autonomy in the long term. In so doing, the Foundation will be able to offer its support to a greater number of partners.

What the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation does not support 

In order to offer an approach that complements the efforts of other philanthropic organizations without replacing the role of the government, the Foundation does not provide funding for the following:

  • Direct/clinical services offered by individual organizations to children, youth, parents or families. The Foundation does, however, occasionally provide funding for experimental short-term projects that will improve services or its coordination.
  • 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 of the province of 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.