The Prince George Community Foundation will provide $197,630 to support local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of a new 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 national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The Prince George Community Foundation is among some 150 local community foundations across Canada that are taking part. Funding from the Prince George Community Foundation will also help benefit the Foundation’s Regional Partners. This includes Mackenzie, Fort St James, Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Terrace, Wells, 100 Mile House, McBride, Fraser Lake and Valemount.
“This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19,” said Mindy Stroet, Director of Development for the Community Foundation. “Local charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now. This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts. We’re looking forward to flowing funds quickly to ensure no one in our area is left behind.”
The Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21, 2020 by Prime Minister Justing Trudeau. It is part of a broad series of emergency response measures by the Government of Canada.
Starting on May 19, the Prince George Community Foundation will begin accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more. Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit the foundation website for eligibility and application details.
“At Community Foundations of Canada, our purpose to “relentlessly pursue a future where everyone belongs” has never felt more important than it does right now,” said Andrea Dicks, Community Foundations of Canada President. “We’re grateful for the leadership of local community foundations like the Prince George Community Foundation who are stepping forward to activate this Fund and support their community as it navigates COVID-19. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s contribution, our network will support local organizations serving vulnerable groups, helping us set the stage for more inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities.”