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The Foundation of Greater Montreal announces $1.5 million in grants to support local community organizations

Montréal, August 9th, 2011
– With grants totalling more than $1,578,854, the Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM) today announced its wide-ranging community support for 2011. 
To date, over 75 carefully selected non-profit organizations in the Greater Montreal area, were awarded $734,522 or 47% of the grants, distributed through the Community Grants Program. The balance was distributed from designated and donor-advised funds. All funds created at the FGM are endowments created by donors. Grants made through the Community Grants Program are focused on the city's most pressing needs outlined in Greater Montreal Vital Signs, an annual publication that recommends philanthropic investment priorities.
“Our focus was to fund programs that prevent drop-out, support the integration of new immigrants, promote local artists, and provide access to fresh food,” explains Marina Boulos, President and CEO of the FGM. “We received close to 300 applications, a 50% increase from 2010.  The Grants Committee evaluated these requests based on a given project’s viability as well as its potential impact on the community,” Boulos says.
A portion of these grants will be allocated in October to the prizewinners of the Capacity Building Grant Program. This new program was announced last week. It is designed to bolster organizational effectiveness. It will award grants of up to $30,000 each to five organizations, one in each of the following sectors: arts and culture, education, environment, health, and social services.
Among this year’s recipients are:
·         Fruixi distributes fresh fruit and vegetables in fifteen Ville-Marie and Plateau-Mont-Royal parks, as well as at the entrances to three CHUM hospitals (Hôtel-Dieu, Saint-Luc and Notre-Dame). A project of the Marché Solidaire Frontenac, the program is managed and staffed mainly by youth participating in a professional rehabilitation and retraining program.
·         Funding for La Maison d’Haïti will allow the organization to provide further social and educational support to 300 families who have recently moved to Montreal from Haiti.
·         The Centaur Theatre’s Theatre of Tomorrow project gives young people an introduction to theatre, and funding will allow its educational program to continue providing reduced-fare tickets and discussions with performers.
·         Support from the FGM will allow Consortium Évolution to establish a high school program geared to raising awareness about pollution caused by electronics waste. Aimed at changing students’ leisure and consumption habits, the workshops will encourage youth to participate in recycling programs.
·         Projet Harmonie is receiving funds from the FGM to help support its ongoing homework assistance workshops.
The annual timeframe for applications to the Community Grants Program is between February 1st and March 31st every year, and grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 per project. Since 2003, FGM grants have totalled more than $7 million and, in keeping with the Foundation’s mission, these funds are geared to helping meet the needs of the city’s most vulnerable citizens. The Community Grants Program receives grant proposals from non-profit organizations working in the areas of arts & culture, education, the environment, health and social services to support projects geared towards improving the quality of life the community. 
About the Foundation —
The Foundation of Greater Montreal is a charitable organization dedicated to the well being of the greater Montreal community. It establishes and manages permanent endowment funds and distributes this 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 is a member of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), an organization numbering more than 178 community foundations whose collective assets total more than $3 billion.
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For information:
Chantal Vinette
Director or Communications and Marketing
Foundation of Greater Montreal
Tel: 514 866-0808 ext. 103