Support is coming from the Battlefords and District Community Foundation for local charities responding to the challenges of COVID-19.
The foundation announced in a news release this week it will provide that support as part of a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. This is through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund.
That fund was announced April 21 by the Prime Minister as part of the broad series of emergency response measures, with the goal of supporting vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians,” said the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, in a statement.
As of May 19 Battlefords and District Community Foundation has started accepting applications for funding. According to the organization, grants can be used for such things as covering staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more. Funds will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit their website www.bdcf.ca for eligibility and application details.
In a statement Andrea Dicks, Community Foundations of Canada President, said: “We’re grateful for the leadership of local community foundations like Battlefords and District 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.”