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2017 Community Giving Program Recipients

The Community Giving Program (CGP) under the Frontline Care strategy provides critical funding that community-based, not-for-profit organizations need to achieve significant, concrete results and have a lasting impact in the lives of Canadians.
The goal of Frontline Care is to increase access to basic health care for uninsured and underinsured populations in Canada.
The CGP grantees deliver frontline health care (i.e. dental, vision, prescription drugs, disease management, and mental health counselling) while incorporating the role of a “navigator” or "coach" – a person who connects individuals to other services appropriate for their situation. This could include: housing, education, jobs, food, clothing, etc.
Many thanks to our working group
This year’s collection of CGP applications were thoroughly and thoughtfully discussed and selected using the experience, expertise, and passion of our dedicated CGP working group. This hard working group is comprised of 12 enthusiastic volunteers: six GSC employees and six GSC board members.  Each member of the working group contributed to the decision making process and we thank them for their time and commitment!
This year’s working group members included:
Lynn Haight (Chair), Esmail Merani, Marita Zaffiro, Monique Richer, Mark Stirling, Yung Wu, Andrea Staruch, Steve Laberge, Jen Beaudrie-O’Hara, Cathy Ferringo, John Gray, Mike Blain.

About the applications
This year’s CGP saw 137 applications. Most were received from Ontario (85 applicants – 62%), followed by British Columbia (20 applicants – 15%), and Alberta (13 applicants – 9%). 
Applications fell into the following focus areas:
·   Mental health (77 applications – 56%)
·   Dental care (29 applications – 21%)
·   Disease management (29 applications – 21%)
·   Prescription medication (2 applications – 1%)
·   Vision care (0 applications – 0%)

Following the intensive review process, the working group recommended grants be approved for 23 organizations, with a total funding amount of $2.5 million.
I’d like to thank each member of the working group for their passion and commitment to this project.  We should all feel very proud of the contribution GSC makes each and every day!
For a list of the 2017 Community Giving Program grant recipients, click here​.
Thank you,

Steve Bradie
President and CEO