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Santa comes early for six non-profit organizations
 
Six Greater Montréal organizations receive grants of $15,000 to $30,000 from the Foundation of Greater Montréal.
 
Montréal, December 15, 2011 – TheFoundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) is pleased to announce the names of the winners of its capacity-building grants: Atwater Library, Frontier College, Eastern Bloc, Le Groupe L’Itinéraire, Ressources Jeunesse de Saint-Laurent and Société d’éducation pour le cyclisme à Montréal. Each will receive a grant of between $15,000 and $30,000 intended to improve their equipment and increase their effectiveness. “We wish to give those organizations the means to broaden their mission, reach a greater number of people, and have a more significant impact on the community”, comments Marina Boulos, President and CEO of the FGM.
 
Deserving projects
The $15,000 FGM grant extended to the Atwater Library will allow for the implementation of an e-book program, an exclusive offer that the Library hopes will improve current member services and increase membership, an important source of revenues critical to its survival.
 
Thanks to the $15,000 grant it will receive from the FGM, Frontier College will move forward into the social media era and develop a strategy, recruitment and communications tools that will facilitate better interaction with its volunteers. It will also develop training and reference resources that will help support its literacy tutors.
 
Eastern Bloc’s $30,000 FGM grant will allow it to proceed with improvements to its general technical infrastructures with the installation of a ceiling-mounted supporting frame that will facilitate the hanging of its exhibits, thus impacting positively on services to both members and the artists who use the gallery.
 
Le Groupe L’Itinéraire plans on using its $30,000 FGM grant to acquire a database and a distribution network management tool. Thus, the organization will be in a position to develop its assistance and newspaper distribution services beyond Montréal’s downtown area, doubling to 200 the number of itinerant newspaper carriers that receive its help every month. It will also be able to evaluate the social impact of their interventions with a view to improving the effectiveness of its social integration activities.
 
Ressources Jeunesse de St-Laurent will invest its $30,000 FGM grant in a meals-on-wheels program, an addition to its existing accompaniment and support services aimed at the elderly in need. It will also offer borough youths additional professional experiences.
 
Société d’éducation pour le cyclisme à Montréal intends to spend its $30,000 FGM grant on a truck that will be used to increase by 40% their collection of bicycles, tires, and parts normally destined for waste-disposal sites. That equipment will be restored and put back into circulation to the benefit of the environment.
 
About the Capacity Building Grants Program
The Capacity Building Grants Program was launched in August 2011 to benefit organizations that want to strengthen their effectiveness and their ability to achieve their mission. More than 200 grant requests were reviewed, 25 finalists were further considered, and 6 winners were selected.
 
 
 
About the Foundation of Greater Montreal
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 their income in the form of grants to charitable organizations working in the areas of arts & culture, education, the environment, health, and social services. Since 2003, the FGM has distributed grants totalling more than $7 million. 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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Information:
Chantal Vinette
Director of Communications and Marketing
Foundation of Greater Montreal
Phone: 514 866-0808, ext. 103
Mobile: 514 831-6351
chantal.vinette@fgmtl.org
www.fgmtl.org