Comox Valley Community Foundation to participate in second round of Emergency Community Support Fund

$51,170 in funding available for Comox Valley charities supporting COVID-19 response

Comox Valley Community Foundation today announced it will be provide $51,170 to support local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of an ongoing partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort is a second round of funding that aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Comox Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) is among the many community foundations across Canada that are taking part.

“As infection rates start to rise again in communities across the country, ongoing support is vital in the fight against COVID-19,” says Matt Beckett, CVCF President. “Local charities and non-profit organizations are pillars in this community. For over six months, they have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most but the reality is, they’re struggling with increased demand at the same time as revenues have decreased. We’re thrilled to be able to flow additional emergency funding their way through the ECSF but we also see the need for stabilization support for the sector, so they can continue their good work in our community over the long haul.”

The Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21, 2020 by the Prime Minister of Canada. It is part of a broad series of emergency response measures by the Government of Canada. A first round of funding was disbursed through the community foundation network across Canada in June and July. As part of the first round CVCF awarded $121,850 to 14 organizations.

Starting October 5, 2020, CVCF will be accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. The deadline to submit an application is October 30, 2020. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit www.cvcfoundation.org for eligibility and application details.

“Charities and non-profit organizations are at the heart of our communities, helping the most vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue their invaluable work,” said the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Since April 2020, CVCF has supported emergency pandemic response through grants to not for profit organizations totaling close to $400,000 to ensure everyone in our beautiful Valley has what they need to live safe and healthy lives during these challenging times. In addition, CVCF is continuing with its Community Enrichment Grants, which will be awarded in January 2021. All told, CVCF will be distributing over $1 million to local charities and not for profits this fiscal year.