The Quesnel Community Foundation (QCF) announced on Thursday, June 11 that they, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross have made $40,000 in funding available for charities supporting COVID-19 response in the Quesnel and Cariboo region.
The funds are being made available through the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) which aims to support vulnerable populations across the country who may be disproportionately affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19, and supporting our communities most vulnerable,” said Quesnel Community Foundation president Mary Sjostrom. “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.”
According to a release from the QCF, the foundation will immediately begin accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. The grants may be used for a variety of purposes including but not limited to the cost of staffing or resource needs and purchase assistance.
“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 Community Foundations of Canada president Andrea Dicks. “We’re grateful for the leadership of local community foundations like Quesnel Community Foundation, who have been at the forefront of local response efforts since the pandemic was declared. 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.”
The funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020, charities and community organizations are invited to visit the Quesnel Community Foundation website www.quesnelfoundation.ca and the Community Foundations of Canada website www.communityfoundations.ca for eligibility and application details.