CVCF Announces COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants

The Comox Valley Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Emergency Response Granting stream, which will be open to all local charities and not-for-profits for applications beginning March 26, 2020.

“The COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants from the Comox Valley Community Foundation are a response to the unprecedented situation in which we currently find ourselves,” said Matt Beckett, President. “This granting stream is intended to offer resources for the community where they are needed most and will support urgent issues, particularly those being experienced within vulnerable sectors.”

“Over the past week, we have explored various options to get emergency grants in the hands of organizations serving our most vulnerable. We have made the decision to advance the Robert & Florence Filberg Funds for child welfare and religious organizations, that were announced last week, earlier than planned. This is approximately $145,000,” Beckett added.

In keeping with the intentions of Robert & Florence Filberg Fund, the funding source, the funds will be directed to support organizations focused on child welfare in the broadest sense, and religious organizations/churches providing services to our community. Full criteria for the Emergency Response Grants will be available on the CVCF website.

Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout this public health crisis and its recovery phases. This will enable us to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.
To supplement the funds available, the Comox Valley Community Foundation has opened a COVID-19 Emergency Response

Fund for donations from individuals and organizations. All donations made to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will be granted in full to charities working on response efforts in our community. Donations may be made online here.

As noted above, this fund will provide resources for the community where they are needed most. However, this is a critical time for so many, including organizations who are struggling to fund food purchases, assist with shelter and care requirements, and provide delivery of necessities to individuals and families in need. We ask that donors continue to give to the organizations they regularly support, and those that need our help at this crucial time.

To help flatten the curve, we are practicing social distancing and are currently working from home. Although we are not in the office, we want to ensure all of our donors, grantees and partners that we are committed to providing ongoing support during this difficult time. Please connect with us via telephone or email.