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Emergency Community Support Fund: Summary of the projects supported by FGM

Emergency Community Support Fund - Update for July 10, 2020

In early July, the totality of the funds FGM managed under the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) had been distributed. The processing of applications is therefore over. Thank you to every organization who has shown interest in the program.

All told, the Foundation has supported, through the ECSF, 208 different projects which collectively represent a $7.2M investment in the metropolitan region. Here is how these projects are distributed across our territory. The funds have been apportioned in line with the population of each region:
·     Island of Montréal : 96 projects totaling $3.2M;
·     Laval and the North Shore : 44 projects totaling $1.6M;
·     South Shore and the Montérégie : 68 projects, totaling $2.4M.
The vast majority of those projects, about 74%, belong to the social development category, where needs have exploded because of the effects of the pandemic. 14% of the projects are related to healthcare, and 11% to education (tutoring or job training for example). Many different issues are covered, such as food security (which is the most common), but also social activities for the more isolated or vulnerable members of the community, the strenghtening of hygiene measures within organizations, as well as prevention and the promotion of health (mental as well as physical) in the population.
If we look at it through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals, “Health and Well-Being” (SDG 3), “Hunger Zero” (SDG 2), “Reduced Inequalities” (SDG 10) and “Quality Education” (SDG 4) indeed stand out. Of note, many projects have allowed the organizations involved to start or to speed up a digital shift in order to adapt their services to the current context.
Many organizations supported by FGM target the general population at large, but the projects chosen under the ECSF had to target specific groups, who are more vulnerable and hit hardest by the consequences of the pandemic such as women, racialized or immigrant people, youths, handicapped persons and caretakers, as well as the elderly for example.
People who belong to these groups are indeed more subject to live through certain life circumstances which are compounded by COVID-19, such as social isolation or homelessness, poverty, or violence, addiction or mental health problems.

We thank each and every community organization who has adapted or even increased their services in order to tackle those crucial issues.