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PRESS RELEASE - The FGM Now Receiving Applications to its Community Grants Program

Montreal, April 16, 2014 - The Foundation of Greater Montreal is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2014 Community Grants Program is now under way. The program offers financial support to the charitable organizations of Greater Montreal who present projects with a significant impact in the areas of health, arts and culture, education, social development and environment 

The FGM has distributed $ 4.8 M in grants and has supported 500 projects since the program began in 2003. The Community Grants Program is made possible by the generosity of donors who create, or contribute to, an unrestricted endowment fund (community fund) or sectorial endowment fund at the FGM.

The Community Grants Program comprises three (3) components :

I - Local Community Initiatives One-time grants ranging from $ 5,000 to $ 10,000 aimed at supporting local projects whose goals are to strengthen community and improve the quality of life in a given neighbourhood.

II – Collaborative Community Initiatives : One-time, $ 10,000 grants aimed at supporting community initiatives that center on collaborative solutions and cooperation between organizations; and that focus on capacity-buidling and the quality of life of individuals, organizations and community in a given territory.

III - Greater Montreal key projects Possibility of recurring grants over a 3-year period, starting with a $ 25,000 grant for the first year. This component is aimed at supporting important and innovative community projects that encourage sustainability, enable citizen participation and create enhanced solidarity. The projects have a 3-year timeframe, with a final implementation phase scheduled for 2017.

Who can apply for a grant ?

Applicants to the Community Grants Program must :

-         Be officially recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a registered charitable organization;

-         Be established in the Greater Montreal area and serve the communities of the Greater Montreal area, i.e.  the Island of Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, North Shore and South Shore;

-         Have an active and accountable Board of Directors;

To Apply :

Applicants can fill out the online form available at

Application Dates :
    Components I and II : underway, deadline on May 30, 2014
                                              Component III : May 1 to June 30, 2014

Further details concerning eligibility requirements, restrictions, selection process, etc. are available online at

For additional information, interested organizations may call the FGM at 514 866-0808 or write to

About the Foundation of Greater Montreal

Created in 1999, the Foundation of Greater Montreal is a non-profit organization that helps individuals, families and organizations to establish funds for selected causes in the areas of education, health, social development, arts and culture and environment. The FGM manages the assets of the funds and accompanies donors by identifying the most important issues of the community, in order to support the actions of charitable organizations. It actively promotes the development of philanthropy as a lever for wellness in Greater Montreal. Today, the FGM manages over 400 funds worth $ 158 M. Since its creation, it has distributed over $ 12.2 M in grants to various non-profit organizations in the Greater Montreal area. The FGM is a member of Community Foundations of Canada, a network that brings together over 191 community foundations from coast to coast.

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Contact :

Sandra O’Connor
Director of Communications
514 866-0808 ext. 109