Golden & District Community Foundation (GDCF) announced on Tuesday, May 19, it will provide $40,000 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 grant was 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.
“This announcement is very good news for the charitable sector in Golden who have been working hard during this crisis,” said GDCF chair Nola Milum.
“This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts, and so important in a small community like ours.”
The Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21, 2020, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, part of a broader series of emergency response measures instituted by the federal government.
Starting on May 19, GDCF began to accept applications for funding from qualified donees.
Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing and 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 www.goldencommunityfoundation.ca/emergency-community-support-fund 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 Golden and District Community Foundation…
“Thanks to the government of Canada’s contribution, our network will be able to unlock even more local impact for organizations serving vulnerable groups, helping us set the stage for more inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities.”