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COVID-19 Collective Fund: Overview of Supported Organizations

Week 8 – June 9, 2020 Update

FGM's COVID-19 Collective Fund has now supported 119 organizations. Among those, 88 applied for grants to answer immediate or priority needs (complete updated list available here) and shared close to $740,000. 31 strategic projects (complete updated list available here) were also selected for grants totaling more than $830,000. All told, FGM now has invested more than $1.5 million in the maintenance and recovery of Greater Montréal's community organizations since the Fund was launched in April. This represents about 93% of the money raised so far, an almost $1.7M overall budget.

Please note that since FGM is now taking part in the implementation of the federal government's
Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), managed in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada, Centraide and the Red Cross, the COVID-19 Collective Fund at FGM has been suspended. FGM and its partners have made this decision in order to maximize the use of ECSF funds. Depending on the future needs and availability of new funds, the COVID-19 Collective Fund might be reactivated in the fall of 2020.

More than 60% of the total distributed amount has gone to the 
social development sector. Among those, the support for people living in homelessness, the fight against social isolation, as well as the promotion of food security took up the most important share. Organizations working in the healthcare (notably mental health, pediatrics and the promotion of healthy habits), education (ex.: tutoring and employment training)and culture sectors also received support, often to ensure access to their services through digital improvements where possible.

On a geographic level, the selected organizations are now distributed across
more than a dozen boroughs or sectors in Greater Montréal, including Laval as well as the North and South shores, or have a regional or metropolitan reach. These organizations offer help and support to many groups vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic, such as the elderly, families with young children, women, handicapped persons and newcomers.
Just to give a couple of examples, the Orchestre métropolitainhas received a $20,000 grant in order to facilitate the sharing of its projects with the community, through the creation of new digital tools, audio and video content. In another field, the Old Brewery Mission used its $40,000 grant to finally reopen its Café Mission, which had been closed for several weeks because of the pandemic. The sanitary spaces have been renovated in order to reduce the propagation of COVID-19.