The Prince George Community Foundation will be providing $131,840 to support local charities in Prince George and around the region responding to COVID-19 as part of an ongoing partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.
The funds come from the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This national effort is a second round of funding that aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The Prince George Community Foundation is among community foundations across Canada that are taking part. For a full list of communities in Northern BC & the Cariboo that are eligible to apply through the Prince George Community Foundation please visit our website at www.pgcf.ca/emergency-community-support-fund
“As infection rates start to rise again in communities across the country, ongoing support is vital in the fight against COVID-19,” said Mindy Stroet, Director of Development, PGCF “Local charities and non-profit organizations are pillars in this region. 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 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 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. The Prince George Community Foundation awarded $294,495 to 39 charities across our region.
Starting today the foundation will begin 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 the foundation website for eligibility and application details.