Grant Requests

The Butters Foundation was created in 1976 to serve the local establishment in the area, the Butters Centre. With the series of public service reorganizations over the years, the center morphed into the CRDITED de la Montérégie-est, with its head office in Longueuil. During all of this time, the foundation has had a very restricted grant giving policy. Grant requests have always had to be routed through the public agency, now part of the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-ouest (CISSSMO). They also had to be linked to an on-going project. Areas of interest were and still are innovative services, specialized equipment, respite and parent support.
In recent years, the foundation has developed a profound interest in research & development in areas where disabled people have been ill-served in the past. Of particular interest have been research activities that have focused on clients with severe behavioral problems which can cause tremendous havoc to families and parental relationships. The foundation has invested over half a million dollars in such projects since 2008, (see Research & Development website section for more detail). Much of that research has gone on at la Maison Lily Butters in St-Hyacinthe, a $2 million dollar facility specifically built to serve children, adolescents and young adults whose behavioral issues restrict their ability to live at home and in the community. Since the opening of this facility in 2008, more than 50 clients have successfully passed through this facility, and are now living back in the community, either at home or in a substitute living environment.
Scholarships have also been important to the members of the foundation since the mid 1980s. Programmes exist at all 3 levels of public education but are targeted to specific schools with in-house selection committees. Thus, applicants may not apply directly for bursaries or support.
Community-based housing was the initial mandate of the foundation. Investments in new and innovative housing are strictly limited to our sister organization, Butters Homes Inc. Properties currently focus on staffed housing targeting clients with behavioral issues and the bilingual arts-based Camp Garagona in Frelighsburg, along the US border.
Lastly, our general area of interest is strictly the eastern part of the Montérégie region of Quebec, namely the following 6 CSSS territories: Pierre-Boucher, Champlain-Charles le Moyne, Richelieu-Yamaska, Sorel-Tracy, Haute-Yamaska, & la Pommeraie.