The Collective Fund for Climate and Ecological Transition at the Foundation of Greater Montréal aims to step up the fight against climate change and stimulate the adaptation, resilience and ecological transition in Greater Montréal.

Montréal mobilizes for the climate and ecological transition

All over the world, major cities have become living laboratories where solutions that will propel the future ecological transition are being found. Montréal is in the vanguard of this movement. Several ecological initiatives have sprung up here over the past few years, and a diverse ecosystem has emerged. Still, even in this dynamic environment, funding sources continue to be scarce, fragmented or not flexible enough to allow for innovations to be scaled up throughout the region.

In 2019, the philanthropic sector mobilized to support Montréal’s objectives in the fight against climate change. Several Montréal philanthropic institutions and foundations (Trottier Foundation, ECHO, Bronfman Foundation, McConnell Foundation, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec) teamed up with the City of Montréal, the David Suzuki Foundation and C40 to develop a climate plan. Several other foundations showed an interest in this initiative, which demonstrated the potential for philanthropic sector cooperation on climate and ecological transition.

The City of Montréal and the Quebec government have rolled out plans to fight climate change. They have set ambitious targets to be reached by 2030. Government action is certainly key to hitting these targets, but philanthropic and community involvement will play a vital supporting role. From now until the 2030 deadline, we must rapidly deploy and coordinate our resources so as to achieve maximum impact over a very short period of time.

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Through the Fund, FGM will pursue four strategic objectives:
  • Mobilize and reinforce the capacity of the ecosystem of organizations active in the ecological transition;
  • Increase the funding available for initiatives that contribute to the fight against climate change and move forward the ecological transition in Greater Montréal;
  • Unite Montréal’s philanthropic actors behind Greater Montréal’s climate- and environment-related objectives so as to enhance their reach and impact;
  • Support foundational or innovative projects with a significant potential impact.
Components of FGM’s Collective Fund for Climate and Ecological Transition:
  1. Projects aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change;
  2. Initiatives dealing with adaptation to climate change, protection of natural environments, greening and natural infrastructures;
  3. Projects aiming to increase awareness, mobilization and engagement both on a citizen and a community level;
  4. Research, data collection, reports or studies to fill gaps in this area;
  5. Foundational projects not falling under any other category.

Fund partners may direct their contribution towards any of the components, or contribute unrestricted funds.

The Foundation of Greater Montréal’s role

FGM aims to spearhead the fight against climate change, and towards ecological transition, in Greater Montréal. That is why it has invested $500,000 to launch this Collective Fund. FGM will also use its resources and its team to:

  • Ensure coordination with fund partners;
  • Analyze applications and carry out follow-up on projects, on the basis of criteria adopted by the Fund’s steering committee;
  • Provide financial and non-financial accounting for projects selected;
  • Contribute along with its partners to identifying community needs, and strategic priorities.

In joining the Fund, donors and partners will see all the advantages of being involved in collective action led by a partner that proceeds with rigour: a lowering of transaction costs and risks, and increased impact. To learn more, read this explainer.

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Contact us to learn more about the Collective Fund for Climate and Ecological Transition, how to donate or how to make a funding request.

Through the Collective Fund for Climate and Ecological Transition, FGM supports the Montreal Climate Partnership (MCP). As part of its Great Expectations campaign, the MCP invites all Greater Montreal organizations, businesses and institutions to commit to a number of actions in support of climate and the ecological transition. Click here to learn more about the commitments FGM has made.