The Mission Community Foundation will be providing $75,000 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.
The program is funded through the Government of Canada’s $350-million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Mission Community Foundation is among 150 local community foundations across Canada that are taking part.
“This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19,” said Rosemary Nemanishen, board chair. “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 community is left behind.”
The Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21, 2020 by the Prime Minister of Canada. It is part of a broad series of emergency response measures by the Government of Canada.
Starting today (May 19) Mission 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.
For more information please contact: Angie Hetlinger, executive Director, 604-826-5322 or visit the webpage at: www.missioncommunityfoundation.org/grants-awards/emergency-community-support-fund/