1955 - Uncertain funding for the councils
With its grants running out and federal funding yet to begin, both councils are without stable funding for basic administration and face the possibility of having to cut back on programs. However, the Rockefeller Foundation surprises them by providing a grant of up to $50,000 at the eleventh hour, with the caveat that the funds need to be matched dollar-for-dollar by Canadian sources for them to be made available. The Humanities Research Council of Canada is able to find these funds in large part through the help of Walter L. Gordon, chair of the Royal Commission on Canada’s Economic Prospects and future minister of finance. Mr. Gordon solicits numerous companies and individuals on behalf of the council and is able to provide $27,000 over 3 years to help keep them afloat. The aid to publications and research programs do not have to be cut back.