McConnell The Columbus Blue Jackets in partnership with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, have established the John H. McConnell Scholarship Fund in honor of the team’s founder.



Monetary grants are evaluated annually and awarded at the end of each Blue Jackets hockey season. Any non-profit organization may apply for a grant, however the Board of Directors will give priority to those organizations serving the Central Ohio community focused on pediatric cancer, education, the health and safety of today’s youth, and the development of youth and amateur hockey.

The Foundation’s allocation of funds is 75% to organizations focused on pediatric cancer, education, and children’s health & safety and 25% to support the development of youth & amateur hockey. Investing in the future of the sport and breaking the barriers of entry are two integral focuses the Foundation has maintained since its inception.

Current Grantees: please complete your grant summary report by March 20, 2015.  You can access the report here.


The basic criteria for the grants are as follows:

  • Foundation grants range in value at the discretion of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Board of Directors
  • The Blue Jackets Foundation Board of Directors meets yearly (in June) to review grant applications for funding and distributes all grants at the end of the Blue Jackets season
  • Any organization applying for a grant must be a 501 (c)(3) serving the Central Ohio and/or Ohio area
  • Project-specific funding will receive priority over requests for general operating
  • The organization may submit no more than one request for funding per project
  • The application must be submitted online (faxed, hard copy or e-mailed applications will not be accepted)
  • Due to excess volume, all grant applicants will be notified by letter of their status. No calls please.
  • Applicants must re-apply annually as grant applications are not automatically renewed

The Foundation is not able to consider the following grant requests for approval:

  • Individual/personal support or requests made by individuals
  • One time events/Fundraising events/Event sponsorship (e.g. golf outings, school events)
  • Political events and campaigns
  • Religiously affiliated events, campaigns, or organizations
  • Ethnic organizations
  • Labor groups
  • Staffing
  • Endowments and capital campaigns
  • Any request seeking financial support for the purpose of debt retirement
  • Programs outside the geographic markets we serve
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age or religion
  • Funding in support of hockey tournaments