The Quesnel Community Foundation (QCF) has received a $30,000 grant from the Vancouver Community Foundation (VCF) which will be made available to Quesnel and Cariboo Region non-profit organizations affected by COVID-19.
The one-time grant from the VCF was provided to the QCF as a part of the In Our Hearts Community Response Fund, a rapid response fund for charities that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. According to a release from the QCF, the fund is to be used to support qualified non-profit groups and charities in the Quesnel area whose staff, volunteers, programs, and operations have been disproportionately impacted by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
According to a release from the QCF, in order to qualify for this funding charitable and non-profit organizations must be based in the Quesnel area and be able to demonstrate an intention to use the funds to address at least one of the following priorities.
- The economic impact of lost work and increased precarious employment for arts, culture, and community benefit organizations, particularly those that support, engage, and work with equity-seeking groups.
- Loss of revenue confirmed prepaid and unrecoverable expenses due to mandated COVID-19 closures resulting in cancellations or postponed activities.
- Immediate needs arts, culture, and other community benefit organizations in remote and/or small and rural municipalities.
- New and additional costs incurred to date due to COVID-19, to support operations and human resource needs such as paid sick leave, work from home needs, and the equity and access impacts of technology.
QCF President Mary Sjostrom lauded the efforts of local non-profit organizations and said she is very excited to be able to them access to funding during this difficult time.
“Quesnel has amazing non-profit organizations that are the backbone of our community,” said Sjostrom. “Some of them are hurting because of the impact of Covid-19. We are excited to be able to help provide some relief through the ‘In Our Hearts’ -Community Response Fund.”
The QCF is is hoping to receive applications from charitable and non-profit organizations within the next two weeks, with funds to be disbursed by July 28th, 2020.
Earlier this month the QCF, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross made $40,000 in funding available through the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund for charities supporting COVID-19 response in the Quesnel and Cariboo region.
More information about In Our Hearts – Community Response Fund can be found on the QCF website at www.quesnelfoundation.ca.