Comox Valley Community Foundation allots more COVID-19 emergency response money

11 local groups share $52,500 in latest round of grant distribution

The Comox Valley Community Foundation recently distributed an additional $52,500 in grants to 11 organizations to assist with the community’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

CVCF’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants, initially launched in March, are intended to offer resources for the community where they are needed most, with a focus on access to food, shelter, supplies and care for our community’s most vulnerable.

“With this latest round of grants, CVCF will have invested $211,900 in our community’s COVID-19 response, with more to come,” said Matt Beckett, president of the Comox Valley Community Foundation.

“We are so thankful for the support we have received from our donors, many first-time donors to the CVCF, and recently First Credit Union, which has made these grants possible.”

Recipients of the $52,500 include:

• Anderton Therapeutic Gardens Society – $1,000 towards sanitizing supplies and signage, needed to operate in response to the pandemic

• Coalition to End Homelessness/Comox Valley Transition Society – $6,000 for Warming Centre supplies (underwear, socks, tents, sleeping bags and chairs)

• Comox Valley Community Arts Council’s Culture Doesn’t Stop initiative – $5,000 for staffing and contractors to put plan and programs in place for community to once again access arts and culture

• Comox Valley Child Development Association – $5,000 toward the expansion and continuation of emergency autism program

• Comox Valley Pregnancy Care Centre – $2,500 for client care and purchase of supplies for client resource room (infant supplies and clothing)

• Comox Valley Transition Society – $7,500 towards children’s counselling (200 hours of additional counselling required in response to pandemic, through March 2021)

• Cumberland Community School Society – $8,500 for the Cumberland Food Share program, through end of September 2020

• Denman Community Education Society – $2,500 for Summer Camp supplies (shade tent, handwashing station, port-a-potty and other equipment/supplies for outside camp)

• Northgate Foursquare Church – $3,000 for its Back-To-School Backpack Program

• Salvation Army Comox Valley Ministries – $10,500 for food hamper delivery program and weekly hot meal program through end of July 2020

• Stepping Stones Recovery House for Women Society – $1,000 towards the Let’s Get Connected virtual counselling and recovery supports

Applications for funding from charities and non-profit organizations are still being accepted.

The next deadline for applications is July 23, with the fourth and final round of grants expected to be released mid-August.

For further information, or to learn more about how you can make an impact, please visit www.cvcfoundation.org or call 250-338-8444.

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