FGM’s Leadership on the Sustainable Development Goals
In 2017, drawing inspiration from UNICEF's Innocenti Report Card 14, the Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) used 10 of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a framework to take a snapshot of children's lives in greater Montréal. The Vital Signs report compared their situation with that of other children across Canada, and spotlighted several alarming indicators, particularly regarding poverty and food insecurity among children in our community.
The first foundation in Quebec to measure local vitality using the SDGs, the FGM is pursuing its innovative role by establishing a grant program based on the SDGs.
In early 2018, under the auspices of its Community Initiatives Program, the FGM asked registered charities to submit projects with an impact on the well-being of Montréal’s children, aged 0–17, and their loved ones. The FGM sought to act on the major issues identified by the SDGs by focusing on the following:
A total of 325 proposals were submitted over a 6-week period, of which 49 were chosen by the selection committee. Most of the projects received a $15,000 cheque; a total of $651,133 was granted under the Community Initiatives Program. Read more about some of the selected projects here.