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The Foundation of Greater Montreal Will Give More Than $1.7 Million To The Greater Montreal Community

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Montreal, June 22, 2010 – The Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM) will allocate grants of more than $1.7 million to non-profit organizations in the Greater Montreal area. The total amount includes grants awarded from the FGM’s Community Grants Program sector, as well as donations from individual endowment funds.
The FGM Community Grants Program benefits non-profit organizations in Greater Montreal. The amount of these community funds comes from unrestricted, as well as designated funds. This year, the FGM is awarding grants totaling $190,000 to cultural organizations, $334,906 to social development organizations, $131,565 to the education sector, $60,000 to environmental organizations, and $177,601 to the health sector, totaling $894,072. Other grants will be announced in October 2010.
The FGM is pursuing its commitment to sponsor projects and programs that meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of society and to improve the quality of life in the region. For example, the Maison d’entraide Saint-Paul-Émard received a grant for its Camp des P’tits Cuistots. One of their objectives is to educate underprivileged young people about healthy eating, while providing the necessary tools to apply their knowledge and to share it with their families. A grant to Fondation Le Plateau will enable the music school to restore 70 alto xylophones. The Quat’Sous s’ouvre à la communauté grant, a Théâtre de Quat’Sous initiative, will set up a series of activities to reinforce links to the community, more specifically, to provide cultural access to new population segments such as children and cultural communities. And the Consortium Évolution organization will be awarded a grant for its’ Educ-o-vert project, which will encourage third and fourth grade students to donate an old toy to the Lutins Verts organization, who will restore the toys and sell them in their Biosphere workshop in December 2010. This initiative will teach youth about overconsumption and its impact on the environment.
A portion of these grants has been allocated to Haitian relief projects, including organizations such as the Haitian community of Montreal office, the Centre d’alphabétisation de NA Rive de Montréal, and the Maison d’Haiti. This FGM grant will help Maison d’Haiti better respond to the needs of victims and bereaved families recovering from the earthquake crisis of January 2010.
“We are especially proud of the number of donations received this year. What a wonderful way to celebrate our 10th anniversary! The quality of projects we received is extraordinary. The Grants Committee decided to allocate a portion of the funds in October of this year, which will be in response to the upcoming publication Vital Sign,” says Marina Boulos, President and CEO of the FGM.
Of the 150 projects received, 95 were awarded grants. These projects are evaluated with respect to their impact on the quality of life, their viability and practicality, as well as the credibility of the organization.
The Foundation of Greater Montreal Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
After 10 years of existence, we are happy to recognize that the growth of the FGM will allow us to respond to the ever growing needs of the community of Greater Montreal,” says Marina Boulos. By the end of first quarter in 2010, the FGM had more than 260 endowment funds totaling more than $102 million (ranging from $10,000 to $24 million), an increase of at least 40 funds since January 1st, 2009.
Since 2003, the FGM has allocated more than $5 million to organizations in the greater Montreal area.
About the Foundation of Greater Montreal
The Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM) is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the well-being of the Greater Montreal community. It establishes and manages permanent endowment funds and distributes their income in the form of grants to charitable organizations working in the areas of health, social services, arts and culture, education, and the environment. The FGM, part of a group of 173 community foundations in Canada, has been in operation for 10 years.
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Chantal Vinette
Director of Communications and Marketing
Foundation of Greater Montreal
(514) 866-0808, ext 103