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MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges requests applications to improve region’s quality of life


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The MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges is seeking applications from municipalities and non-profit community organizations for various project proposals, including initiatives that promote accessibility and create healthy, safe and sustainable environments in the region in accordance with the MRC’s Sustainable Social Development Policy.

Municipalities and non-profit cooperatives and organizations are invited to submit applications to the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges to take advantage of its Community Development Fund which will provide subsidies for specific projects related to improving the quality life of its citizens.

The projects must follow the framework regarding the MRC’s Sustainable Social Development Policy (SDDP). Some of the criteria for possible projects include promoting accessibility, and creating healthy, safe and sustainable environments in the region.

Creating dynamic communities

“We’re looking for projects that will make communities more dynamic,” MRC Social Development Support Officer Sébastien Legros told The Journal during a telephone interview on October 16. Last year’s call for applications resulted in about 15 projects being approved throughout the territory.

The organizations and cooperatives that were selected received more than $400,000 in financial assistance through the Territorial Development Fund from the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy.

Wide scope of possibilities

“We’re not looking for just one type of project. There’s a wide scope of possibilities that could be accepted. It could be something that involves the elderly, toddlers, and other groups of people. Many municipalities wanted to build community gardens. There were also proposals from the Maison des jeunes and other youth organizations,” said Legros.

The Regroupement des maisons des jeunes du Québec is a non-profit organization that represents 179 member homes located in several regions in the province. In addition to promoting its Youth House Project, which aims to help young people become critical, active, and responsible citizens, it also advocates on behalf of adolescents and recognizes and promotes the work done in its homes by its young members.

Helping immigrants integrate

Another initiative to help immigrants who are choosing to settle in Vaudreuil-Soulanges has also been at the forefront. “There’s an increase in the immigrant population in our region. They have new needs so in the past we made a youth summer camp for immigrant children to help them,” said Legros.

New strategies that deal exclusively with immigration and integration could also be selected, but the concepts have to be original. “It’s important not to duplicate other programs that may be offered by the provincial government,” said Legros.

“We’re looking for innovative ideas for a one-year period. It’s not something that would be financed over the long-term. If there’s something that already exists, we’ll tell them to use that program. If it’s something new, it could be eligible for subsidies,” he added.

‘Golden opportunity’

“This is a golden opportunity for municipalities and organizations to secure funding for projects they care about. In the past, we’ve supported several initiatives aimed at young people, seniors and immigrants,” said Patrick Bousez, MRC Prefect and Mayor of Rivière-Beaudette.

Everyone interested in submitting a project has until November 16 to express their interest via email to Sébastien Legros (slegros@mrcvs.ca) and Philippe Roy (proy@developpementvs.com). Completed applications must be submitted by December 17. For more information about the Community Development Fund, visit the MRC website at www.mrcvs.ca/fdc.

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