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$93,000 in COVID-19 emergency support available to Abbotsford charities

Applications now open for grants through community foundation

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) is now accepting applications for its second round of funding available through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

A total of $93,000 will be provided 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 federal government’s $350 million ECSF.

“As infection rates start to rise again in communities across the country, ongoing support is vital in the fight against COVID-19,” said Andrea Senft, ACF board chair.

“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.”

RELATED: $221,000 in emergency support awarded to 18 Abbotsford charities

The ESCF was initially launched on April 21 as part of a broad series of emergency response measures by the federal government.

A first round of funding was disbursed through the community foundation network across Canada in June and July. ACF awarded $221,000 to 18 charitable organizations in the community at that time.

The deadline is Oct. 30 to submit an application for the current round of funding.

Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more.

Visit the grants page at abbotsfordcf.org for eligbility and application details or contact executive director Wendy Neufeld at 604-850-3755.

RELATED: Feds unveil $350M fund to help charities, non-profits get through pandemic

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