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Second Round of Emergency Community Support Fund Announced



Community Foundation Grey Bruce announced today that it will be provide $77,000 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. Community Foundation Grey Bruce is among community foundations across Canada that are taking part. 


“At Community Foundations of Canada, our purpose to relentlessly pursue a future where everyone belongs has never felt more important,” said Andrea Dicks, Community Foundations of Canada President. “We’re grateful for the leadership of local community foundations like Community Foundation Grey Bruce, who have been at the forefront of local response efforts since the pandemic was declared. Working together, Community Foundation Grey Bruce has been able to quickly get funding to those who need it most in the area. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s renewed contribution, those efforts will continue and unlock even more support for organizations on the front lines. Our goal is to ensure that no one is left behind.”


“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been profoundly felt by vulnerable people in many communities across Grey Bruce,” says Stuart Reid, Executive Director of Community Foundation Grey Bruce. “Local charities and non-profit organizations are on the front lines delivering support and services to those experiencing the most need. For over six months, charities have been working tirelessly to support their communities, but the reality is, they are struggling with increased demand at the same time as revenues have decreased. The Foundation is very pleased to be able to flow additional emergency funding their way through the ECSF with the intention of supporting good work in our community over the long haul.”


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. A first round of funding was disbursed through the community foundation network across Canada in June and July. Community Foundation Grey Bruce awarded $192,770 to 10 organizations in the area.


Starting today, on October 5, 2020, Community Foundation Grey Bruce will begin accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. The deadline to apply is October 30, 2020. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more. 

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