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ECSF: FGM has distributed about $11M across the community in response to the pandemic

Montréal, December 3rd, 2020 – The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) announced today it has distributed all the funds it managed under the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)’s second cycle of funding. In all, FGM supported about 100 new community projects through this second phase of the ECSF, a program created by the Government of Canada, in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada, last April to support vulnerable populations that have been further placed at risk by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects cumulatively represent an additional investment of $3.2 million, bringing the total ECSF grants close to $11 million in the Greater Montréal area. Taking into account other grants FGM has distributed in response to COVID-19, about $12.5 million dollars have been invested by the Foundation in total since the start of the pandemic.

"Once again, the study and selection of projects have been challenging. The combined value of the granting requests we have received represents 700% of the funds we had on hand, which is a clear indicator of the scale of the needs in the community”, said Karel Mayrand, FGM’s President and CEO. “This pandemic is not over yet, and the Greater Montréal community needs to come together to ensure no one is left behind. We hope the ECSF will be the beginning, and not the end, of an enhanced support system for an exhausted community sector. Numerous people are vulnerable and dependant on our community organizations, having nowhere else to turn in this time of crisis”, he added.

As part of this second cycle of funding, 63% of the projects (representing $2 million) are based on the Island of Montreal, with 21% on the South Shore and Montérégie region ($640,000) and 16% in Laval and the North Shore ($500,000). The vast majority of the projects funded (75%) belong to the social development area, where the level of need has skyrocketed due to the pandemic. Food security, as well as psychosocial support – including funding for day centers – safe social activities and emergency housing is where the needs were the greatest.

"Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue to help the most vulnerable members of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.", said the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen.

The projects funded through the ECSF had to specifically target populations that are more vulnerable to the consequences of the pandemic, or groups needing specific forms of support. As such, two thirds of the grants went to organizations offering services to racialized individuals or immigrants, the elderly but also youths, as well as disabled persons or people living in homelessness, for example. 

"These community organizations are all part of our social fabric, and they are hurting at the moment. This crisis has put enormous pressure on them, and they will need continued support in the coming months if they are to keep carrying out their mission. The Foundation of Greater Montréal will answer the call," Mr. Mayrand concluded.

Source: Foundation of Greater Montréal
For more information: Simon Delorme, Project Manager for Communications – (514) 866-0808 ext. 107,

About FGM:
TheFoundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) helps individuals, families and organizations to get involved and support their community by creating funds for selected causes in all sectors. In addition to publishing the Vital Signs of Greater Montréal report, FGM manages the assets of about 650 funds, guides donors and supports community organizations. A member of the Community Foundations of Canada, a network of 191 community foundations, FGM encourages philanthropy as a major driver for well-being in Greater Montréal.
About the ECSF:
The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350 M emergency financial support program from the Government of Canada. Alongside the Canadian Red Cross, United Way Centraide Canada and Community Foundations of Canada, FGM is proud to participate in the distribution of these funds. The Fund aims to assist the most vulnerable populations in Canada, those less equipped to deal with the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19. In doing so, ECSF provides much needed support to front-line organizations