Longueuil adopted on September 15 the support program linked to the Social Development Fund valued at $ 400,000 which was created last June. A first call for projects aimed at organizations will be launched the week of September 21.
This support program aims, among other things, to help organizations that work with vulnerable people and to strengthen their capacity to act on social issues in the territory.
Organizations wishing to benefit from financial support must submit projects falling under one of the three components of improving living conditions, inclusive community and community vitality.
Projects, which can be submitted by a single organization or by a partnership of organizations, could benefit from support ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 25,000 for an individual project and from $ 10,000 to $ 40,000 for an individual project. concerted project.
The first call for projects will start on September 21 and will run until October 16. A second call for projects will follow in January.
“In 2016, nearly 15% of the population of Longueuil lived below the poverty line. This gloomy reality generates various social issues which have taken on an even more important dimension in the current context of the pandemic, raised the mayor Sylvie Parent, by way of press release. The implementation of such a program therefore offers considerable and invaluable benefits that will have positive effects on thousands of lives. ”
Encouraging social innovation, in particular through collaboration between different fields, as well as “countering the psychosocial and economic effects of the pandemic affecting vulnerable populations” are other aims of the support program.
Pleased by the adoption of the support program, city councilor Colette Éthier fears that this $ 400,000 fund will only meet part of the needs of organizations in the territory.
She recalls that in 2017, the community sector had demanded the creation – at the agglomeration level – of a social development fund of $ 800,000. The needs have also been exacerbated by the pandemic, she argued. (AD)