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Foundation of Greater Montréal announces its support for 71 mobilizing projects in 20 districts for 2017!



Montréal. November 14th 2016 – The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) announced an investment of $1.6M to support 71 community projects as part of Canada’s 150th birthday and Montréal’s 375th birthday. Several of these projects are also supported thanks to the exceptional contribution of $350,000 from Canadian Heritage’s Community Fund for Canada’s 150th in collaboration with Canada’s Community Foundations of Canada.  
 
“2017 must be a year of celebrations, but also of social progress for all Montréal’s neighbourhoods. The projects propose activities aimed at inclusion, vulnerable youth, reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples, the development of commitment in the community and many others. We are very proud of these projects which are directly funded by the community. They will allow us to reach more than a million people,” said Yvan Gauthier, CEO of the FGM.
 
A SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE FGM’S PHILANTHROPY DAY
 
On November 15th at 4 p.m., during National Philanthropy Day, the Foundation of Greater Montréal will mobilize its community during a free event at the Gesù, in order to encourage more than 300 participants to practically contribute to the success of the selected projects for 2017.    
 
An interactive and dynamic presentation will be organized before a networking event, during which the public will be able to meet the needs of the presented projects. 

CONTINUE THE ABORIGINAL RECONCILIATION, ENSURE SOCIAL INCLUSION AND A SENSE OF BELONGING 
 
The many projects supported by the FGM target several important issues in the Greater Montréal area: social isolation, homelessness, the appreciation of cultural diversity and the reconciliation with aboriginal people.
 
Here are a few examples of high impact projects that will be carried out in 2017:
 
Médecin du Monde’s Clinique mobile pour la santé mentale ensures social integration. This clinic crosses downtown streets to offer free consultation services and mental health support services to ostracized populations. 
 
On roule is developing a first bilingual application which will improve the autonomy of people with functional limitations, providing better information on accessible locations and shops to reduce social isolation by building an inclusive and mutual aid community.
 
The Art Hives Network promotes reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples, thanks to community art and programming travelling exhibitions nationwide.
 
Sinha Danse Inc.’s MoW! Montré(olly)Wood Project is an original 25-minute contemporary dance creation inspired by Bollywood and presented in the form of a flashmob. This project celebrates cultural diversity and gathers up to 100 amateur dancers under the artistic direction of the award-winning choreographer Roger Sinha.

About the Foundation of Greater Montréal 
The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) is a charitable organization dedicated to the well-being of the Greater Montréal community. It establishes and manages endowment funds and distributes their income in the form of grants to charitable organizations working in health care, social development, arts and culture, education, the environment, and other areas. Since it was founded, more than 16 years ago, the FGM has distributed more than $28 million in grants to more than 1,000 charitable organizations working in Greater Montréal in all sectors of society. Currently, the FGM manages assets with a total value exceeding $193 million.
 
Source:
Foundation of Greater Montréal
Corinne Adélakoun, Director of Communications
514 866-0808 ext. 109 / corinne.adelakoun@fgmtl.org