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Foundation announces more emergency funding

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:29 PDT, Mon October 5, 2020

The Richmond Community Foundation today announced it will be providing $152,740 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 Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).  

This vast national effort is a second round of funding that aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The Richmond Community Foundation is among community foundations across Canada that are taking part.   

“As infection rates start to rise again in communities across the country, ongoing support is vital in the fight against COVID-19,” says Ed Gavsie, executive director of the Richmond Community Foundation. “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. We’re thrilled to be able to flow additional emergency funding their way through the ECSF, but we also see the need for stabilization support for the sector, so they can continue their good work in our community over the long haul.”  

The Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It is 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. The Richmond Community Foundation awarded $363,720 to 14 organizations in the area.  

Starting today (Oct. 5), the Richmond Community Foundation will begin accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 30. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs.

Charities and other qualified donees are invited to visit www.richmondfoundation.org for eligibility and application details.

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