An important notice for organizations interested in approaching the Silver Dollar Foundation – we have allocated all of our resources for 2014, and are no longer accepting applications for projects taking place this year.
Our granting schedule for 2015 is as follows:
Fall 2014: We will accept applications for capital projects taking place in 2015
Winter 2015: We will accept applications for academic perseverance for the 2015/16 school year
Those interested in submitting a proposal to the Foundation are welcome to contact us should you have questions or require additional information about our granting process and priorities. Thank you!
Based on long-term interest in supporting youth, in particular in the area of academic perseverance, the Silver Dollar Foundation began investing in this area in 2013. Grants are awarded to organizations working with youth and their families at elementary and secondary levels.
In December 2013, we issued the three grants to the following organizations:
Je réussis: $15,000
Je passe partout: $15,000
In January 2014, the Silver Dollar Foundation renewed grants to Youth Fusion and Head & Hands. Both grants are for the same amounts, and allocated to the same programs we supported in 2013.
Youth Fusion is an award-winning, non-partisan charity that establishes innovative partnerships between high schools and universities, in an effort to counter high school dropout rates, by creating and implementing projects that engage youth and keep them interested in school. Among other activities, Youth Fusion links CEGEP and university students with high schools to deliver extra-curricular activities that motivate, build confidence, and inspire students to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education. The Silver Dollar Foundation provided $25,000 for the Adopt-a-School program, specifically to the Chomedey-de-Maisonneuve school in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Head & Hands’ mission is to work with youth to promote their physical and mental well-being through a preventative, inclusive, non-judgmental, and holistic approach. Head & Hands has a fundamental commitment to providing an environment that welcomes youth without discrimination. Head & Hands is largely youth-run, providing legal support, a health clinic, a young parents program, a drop-in centre with sports, games, cooking and music facilities, information and referral, and additional services for youth. The Silver Dollar Foundation provided $15,000 in support of their Street Work program, which has recently suffered due to cuts to government funding.
A couple months back we took a visit to one of our upcoming project sites to take some photos of the building before construction begins.
The Mon toit, mon Cartier project aims to improve the quality of life in the central sector of Cartierville by providing affordable housing, supporting vulnerable people, and offering a community meeting space for residents. The initiative is part of the Laurentien/Grenet Integrated Urban Revitalization (IUR) project.
We provided $82,000 to have a green roof top installed with the Mon toit, mon Cartier building, to allow residents of the building access to green space and the ability to grow food on the roof.
The building’s construction should begin in early 2014 and take a half year to complete. We will stop in from time to time to take some more photos.
In 2011 Government cuts temporarily shut the doors to the street worker program from Montreal charity Heads & Hands. Recently, October 7th, the program is back on its feet and out in the streets of NDG helping to educate and offer HIV and Hepatitis C prevention materials, as well as being available as an intervention and support team!
After the cuts H&H had to find alternate funding to be able to continue this amazing program and we here at the Silver Dollar Foundation, among others, proudly contributed to the re-opening.
Visit the Head & Hands website too see all of their great work!
Things for the Silver Dollar Foundation have slowed down a bit over the Summer, but we are proud to announce three new grants. With the included, the foundation has contributed just over $200,000.00 to community organizations in Montreal since it was founded in March 2012.
Food Secure Canada (2013)
Food Secure Canada is a Canada-wide alliance of civil society organizations and individuals collaborating to advance dialogue and cooperation for policies and programs that improve food security in Canada and globally. FSC aims to unite people and organizations working for food security nationally and globally. The organization’s vision is based on three interlocking commitments: Zero Hunger, A Sustainable Food System, and Healthy and Safe Food. The Silver Dollar Foundation provided $20,000 to advance Food Secure Canada’s 2013 objectives, in particular its work to convene Canadians on food policy issues and play an active role in Canada’s North.
Benedict Labre House (2013)
The Benedict Labre House was established in 1952 as a day centre for the homeless in Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood. Today, the Benedict Labre House serves a more diverse population made up of men and women from all different walks of life. The organization provides essential services such as hot meals, emergency food bags, clothing, showers, as well as providing a variety of individualized services and programs, all which are available at no cost. Benedict Labre House benefits from the support of over 500 volunteers providing over 10,000 hours of their time. The Silver Dollar Foundation contributed $5,000 towards general repair of the Benedict Labre House building.
Mon toit, mon Cartier (2013)
Spearheaded by La Maison des parents de Bordeaux-Cartierville, the Mon toit, mon Cartier project aims to improve quality of life in the central sector of Cartierville by providing affordable housing, supporting vulnerable people, and offering a community meeting space for residents. The initiative is part of the Laurentien/Grenet Integrated Urban Revitalization (IUR) project. The Silver Dollar Foundation provided $82,000 to install a green roof atop the Mon toit, mon Cartier building, to allow residents of the building access to green space and the ability to grow food on the roof.
Following a call for proposals for youth development grants in the fall of 2012, the Silver Dollar Foundation is pleased to announce support for Head & Hands, Girls Action Foundation and Fusion Jeunesse.
For more information on these and other organizations we have supported, visit our Previous Grants page.