Comox Valley Community Foundation announces $51,170 in grants through the Emergency Community Support Fund

The Comox Valley Community Foundation recently invested an additional $51,170 in grants towards six local charities supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are part of the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

Recipients and projects include:

Organization Project Description Amount Funded
Cumberland Community Schools Society Extension of Food Share program through Feb 28/2021 (Food Shed & Healthy Food Boxes) $10,000
Comox Valley Senior Support Society Counselling support for low-income seniors to combat impact of isolation $5,000
Comox Valley Transition Society (Coalition to End Homelessness) Connect Dinner Program – provision of a hot meal each evening at the Connect Centre $10,000
Glacier View Lodge Society Supporting Safety during Visitation – additional screening supplies, barriers, disposable PPE & masks to increase visitation at facility $6,201
Hornby Denman Community Health Care Society Transportation for Rural, Remote and Low-Income Seniors – inclusive of taxis, mileage reimbursement for volunteers, and grocery shopping and delivery $4,800
LUSH Valley Food Action Society Hot Meal Delivery Program from Jan-Mar 2021 – 600 meals/week $15,169

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, community-based charities and nonprofit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support, in particular to individuals and communities experiencing heightened vulnerability,” said Matt Beckett, President of the Comox Valley Community Foundation. “We know the need for funding is still significant and we’re continuing to advocate for broader recovery and stabilization support for the charitable sector.”

The ECSF is a $350 million Government of Canada fund that is being implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with local foundations across the country. Its goal is to provide support to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable Canadians.

“Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities and continue to do so in the face of real challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our government is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue to help the most vulnerable members of our communities during these difficult times.”

– Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“I am very glad to acknowledge this critical funding to a Vancouver Island organization. The Comox Valley Community Foundation has been instrumental in supporting local priorities for 25 years. This funding will further enable the Foundation to support the many community organizations supplying essential services across the Comox Valley, helping those who need it most.”
– Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver