Quebec Anglophone community groups get $1M in federal funding

“The Quebec Community Groups Network, an Anglophone umbrella group, has chosen 10 organizations to receive $1 million in federal funding.”

The Community Innovation Fund is supporting the projects to create opportunities for youth, newcomers and seniors. Many Montreal organizations will receive funding from May 2017 until March 2019 which could go a long way for the communities they help support.

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Ten projects selected to help vulnerable Quebec anglophones

“Ten projects that will improve the prospects and quality of life of vulnerable English-speaking youth, seniors and newcomers have been selected among 43 project proposals vying for $1 million in federal funding over the next two years”

The Quebec Community Groups Network was chosen to solicit and select projects and to distribute the $1 million from the federal government’s Community Innovation Fund.

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Feds give $1M to Quebec groups serving English-speaking community

“Ottawa is providing more than $1 million in funding for community groups in Quebec that serve the English-speaking community. Ten organizations will benefit from the funding over two years, chosen from 43 groups that made submissions for projects.”

The money is administred by Quebec Community Groups Network. The projects chosen range from support to youth and seniors in Montreal all across Quebec to the Magdalen Islands and the North Shore. Beyond government funding, the QCGN is hoping to strike up relationships with the private sector to encourage corporate support for community programs.

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Social Initiatives to Address Needs of Vulnerable English-speaking Youth, Seniors and Newcomers

Montreal – April 27, 2017 – 

The Quebec Community Groups Network today announced the selection of 10 projects that will improve employability or secure basic socioeconomic security for vulnerable youth, seniors/caregivers or newcomers in Quebec’s English-language communities.

These projects will be financed under the Community Innovation Fund (CIF), which will invest $1 million in federal funds between May 2017 and March 2019 for social initiatives  that build job skills and develop partnerships across the non-profit and private sectors.

“This innovative approach will spur dynamic and sustainable partnerships between community organizations along with corporate, governmental and commercial enterprises that will lead to strengthening the vitality of our communities,” commented CIF Governance Committee co-chair Ian Kott, President of Jormian Capital.

“I’m pleased to support the projects being offered by the Quebec Community Groups Network. By bringing together 53 English-language community organizations across the province, QCGN plays an important role in identifying, exploring and addressing strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec,” said Marc Miller, MP for Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Soeurs, speaking on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

The CIF is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Children and Families Component and is part of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013–2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

“CIF will empower community groups through knowledge-sharing activities focused on providing the skills needed to build collaborative partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders,” said QCGN Board member James Hughes, who sits on the fund’s Governance Committee. “Through these activities, the fund will create conditions for communities to increase their social impact.”

Hughes explained that QCGN’s role is to administer the project and to help the community sector make links with private partners. The next step will be to bring representatives from the governance committee and funding recipients together to share information and lessons learned. The QCGN will also develop an evaluation framework in collaboration with an academic institution to assess data gathered during the projects.

An independent selection committee reviewed 43 letters of intent and shortlisted 11 applicants which were invited to submit a full application. A total of 10 projects are being funded.

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Community Innovation Fund announces shortlisted projects

Montreal – March 21, 2017

The independent selection committee for the Community Innovation Fund (CIF) met last week and has come up with a shortlist of organizations that will be invited to submit a full application. The selection committee, chaired by Grace Hogg, Grants Coordinator of the George Hogg Family Foundation, has shortlisted 11 projects that improve employability or basic socioeconomic security for vulnerable youth, seniors/caregivers, and/or newcomers. Some tackle more than one of these vulnerable populations that are targeted by the fund which was set up to finance social initiatives for community organizations providing direct support to English-speaking Quebecers.

The projects, from six regions of Quebec, include eight that address the needs of English-speaking youth, including youth with special needs; two that address the needs of seniors; and two that address the needs of newcomers. Financed by the Government of Canada through the Social Partnership Initiative in Official Language Minority Communities, and managed by the QCGN, the Community Innovation Fund (CIF) is a new resource to put social innovation in action. Between April 2017 and March 2019, the fund will invest more than $1 million in social initiatives while building partnerships to increase funds that will be injected into the community.

View the list on the Community Innovation Fund webpage

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For more information on the Community Innovation Fund, please contact 514-868-9044, ext 230 or cif@qcgn.ca.

Community Innovation Fund Seeking Proposals to Better Serve Vulnerable Youth, Seniors/Caregivers or Newcomers

Montreal, November 11, 2016

The Quebec Community Groups Network today invited non-profit organizations that serve English-speaking Quebecers to announce their intention to apply for the Community Innovation Fund (CIF) which will finance social initiatives to improve employability or secure basic socioeconomic security for vulnerable youth, seniors/caregivers or newcomers in Quebec’s English-language communities.

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Government of Canada helps seniors and families through new community projects across country

“Improving the lives of people in our society is why we were elected. I know that our work with the Quebec Community Groups Network will improve the lives of Canadians by developing stronger partnerships among communities.”

Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs Marc Miller, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced a new partnership with stakeholders through the Social Partnership Initiative in Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC).

Marking the beginning of now called Community Innovation Fund, this new partnership was made as part of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013–2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, and funded through the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP). The Fund is managed by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) which will receive $1.4 million to pool expertise and resources to fund innovative projects in OLMCs that address community priorities.

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English-­speaking Quebecers to Benefit from Investment Fund for Official Language Minority Communities

Montreal – April 28, 2016

The Quebec Community Groups Network as well as its members and stakeholders were thrilled to announce that community sector organizations that provide direct support to more than 1 million English-­speaking Quebecers could soon benefit from up to $3 million to finance innovative projects that address the needs and priorities of English-­speaking youth, seniors, and newcomers.

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