Launch of the second call for projects for Montréal's 375th: a celebration is coming to a neighbourhood near you!

MONTRÉAL, June 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The organization of the Montréal's 375th anniversary in 2017 is in full swing. Six months after the call for large-scale projects closed, Montréal creators are once again invited to "build bridges" between communities. Initiated by the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary and managed by Ville de Montréal and its 19 boroughs, the call for neighbourhood projects aims to celebrate the city's history and cultural vitality on a local level, throughout the entire city.

Details of this second call for projects were unveiled this morning by Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, Mr. Robert Poëti, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, Mr. Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner for Montréal's 375th Anniversary Celebrations as well as the mayors of Montréal's 19 boroughs. Full details on this call for projects and video presentations are available at

"Montréal's 375th is close to our hearts," said Montréal's mayor. "Let's make us all proud of our city in 2017. Let's celebrate what we are best known for. Let's celebrate our history, our diversity and our culture. I invite you all to take part in the call for neighbourhood projects. This is an invitation to immerse yourself in the celebrations. Make your neighbourhood come alive with festivities that reflect Montréal's dynamism and cultural effervescence."

"Let's take advantage of this opportunity to showcase our beautiful city. The Québec government is proud to be a major partner of celebrations that will dazzle all Montrealers and captivate Québec and the world," added the Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Montréal region.

"Montréal is a city bursting with creativity," said the Commissioner for Celebrations of Montréal's 375th. "The call for neighbourhood projects is the second invitation to be launched among creators to live up to this reputation during Montréal's 375th. I invite them to submit innovative cultural projects that build bridges between people and communities. It's the perfect opportunity to merge talents, build relationships between different communities and encourage one-of-a-kind exchanges between culture and other sectors of activity. We are looking for daring, surprising, slightly off-the-wall, inclusive and stimulating projects designed exclusively for the 375th."

A budget divided evenly between boroughs
The total budget for the neighbourhood call for projects is more than $4M. It is divided equally between the 19 boroughs. The median amount is $209,000. In each borough, at least 75% of available funds will be used to fund projects from eligible non-profit organizations, and a maximum of 25% may be used to support a project administered by the borough.

Submission of proposals
Proposals must be submitted to the borough concerned by 5 p.m. on October 23, 2015. In addition to general objectives, some boroughs have chosen to include a specific objective for their community.

The same rigorous selection process will be implemented in each of the 19 boroughs. Eligible projects will be evaluated on a local level by a selection committee made up of representatives from the borough, the arts and cultural community, the business community and citizens. Selections will be made according to pre-established criteria and available budgets. Selected projects will then be submitted to the Society for Montréal's 375th for approval. Each borough council will approve the selection committee's recommendations. Decisions will be final and will not be appealable.

Full details on the call for projects as well as the proposal submission form are available online at

About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the 2017 celebrations. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst to realize its mandate: mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage funding received, devise quality programming and ensure visibility of the celebrations. The Society is supported by the Ville de Montréal and the Gouvernement du Québec. For more information, visit        

For more details on the call for neighbourhood projects :


SOURCE Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal

For further information: Anne Dongois, 514-826-2050,


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