• The FGM is distributing nearly $640,000 to 47 organizations in Greater Montréal for community initiatives geared to children and youths.
  • The Community Initiatives Program supports projects aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals such as food security, school success, no violence, good health and healthy environment.

Montreal, April 23, 2019 – The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) has announced the projects that will receive grants under the 2019 edition of its Community Initiatives Program. The 47 projects submitted by charitable organizations working with children or youths in Greater Montreal aim to achieve various sustainable development goals (SDGs) such as food security, health and well-being, protection of the environment, quality education or peace, justice and no violence. Each project will receive up to $15,000. In all, some $640,000 will be distributed for the 47 selected projects. Click here for the complete list.

“These initiatives respond to issues identified in the 2017 Vital Signs report such as food security, school success and children’s health. We’re happy to support these organizations, each of which helps build a healthier and more just community,” said FGM president and CEO Yvan Gauthier. “We firmly believe that these projects will have a lasting impact on young people’s well-being. I’d like to thank and congratulate all the recipients.”

For example, Atelier 850, a charitable organization in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood of Montreal’s Sud-Ouest borough, will receive $15,000 to support its after-school homework assistance program. Every year, dozens of elementary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds receive personalized educational support that contributes to their academic success and self-esteem.

“Thanks to the FGM’s contribution, we will be able to offer our homework assistance program to the neighbourhood’s elementary school for another year. And last year, due to their support, we were able to expand the program and even eliminate the wait list. We’re so happy to be able to do this to help Little Burgundy’s children and community,” said Camille Vaillancourt, executive director of Atelier 850.


Source: Foundation of Greater Montréal

Information : Simon L. Delorme, Communications Agent
514 866-0808 ext. 107 / sldelorme@fgmtl.org

About the FGM

The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) helps individuals, families and organizations 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, the FGM manages the assets of over 650 funds, guides donors by identifying key issues and supports community organizations. A member of the Community Foundations of Canada, a network of 191 community foundations, the FGM encourages philanthropy as a major driver for well-being in Greater Montréal.
Website: fgmtl.org

About the Community Initiatives Program

The FGM’s Community Initiatives Program supports projects that aim to improve the well-being of children and youth and that are aligned with the FGM’s priority issues identified in the 2017 Vital Signs of Greater Montréal’s Children: food security, mental health, school success, healthy environment and no violence.
Web page : fgmtl.org/en/subventions.php

About the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
Website: un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

About Atelier 850

Atelier 850 seeks to limit the effects of poverty on children living in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood and surrounding areas by offering educational, cultural, artistic, recreational and social activities in a supervised environment. It also seeks to break their isolation and encourage integration, participate in their education by offering help with homework, improve food security, help them build self-esteem, and encourage community involvement.
Website: atelier850.ca/