The Comox Valley Community Foundation recently distributed an additional $57,400 in the form of grants to 12 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.
“The need in our community remains great and our agency partners continue to work tirelessly to provide supports and services to our vulnerable neighbours,” said Matt Beckett, president of the Comox Valley Community Foundation. “With this latest round of grants, CVCF will have invested $159,400 in our community’s COVID-19 response, with more to come.”
“We are so thankful for the support we have received from our donors, many first-time donors to the CVCF, and the Comox Valley Regional District and Courtenay Rotary Club, which has made these grants possible,” Beckett added.
Recipients of the $57,400 include:
• Coalition to End Homelessness/Comox Valley Transition Society – $7,500 towards staffing and supplies for shower facilities for the unsheltered, through June 30.
• Comox Bay Care Society (Care-A-Van) – $5,000 towards mobile outreach and social development services, with a focus on youth.
• Comox Valley Child Development Association – $6,000 for the expansion and continuation of emergency autism program.
• Comox Valley Senior Support Services – $4,000 towards virtual counselling for seniors (one-on-one and group sessions with a licensed counsellor)
• Comox Valley Transition Society – $2,000 towards virtual counselling supports.
• Denman Community Education Society – $3,000 toward establishing public laundry facilities on Denman.
• Eureka Support Society – $3,500 for emergency client response, for those with mental health challenges & addictions.
• Glacier View Lodge Society – $2,500 for cleaning supplies, PPE, client safeguards, in the ongoing effort to protect our senior population.
• LUSH Valley Action Society – $11,500 toward the Good Food box hamper delivery program for SD71 students, through July 10.
• Northgate Church – $5,000 to help fund the Saturday lunch program, through September.
• Salvation Army Comox Valley Ministries – $6,000 for the food hamper delivery program for month of May (2,210 meals).
• Vanier Secondary School – $1,400 towards the emergency Food program for students.
Applications for funding from charities and non-profit organizations are still being accepted. The next deadline for applications is June 4, with the third round of grants expected to be released at the end of June. The CVCF will continue to receive and consider applications for as long as we have funds remaining.
To supplement the funds available, the Comox Valley Community Foundation has opened a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for donations from individuals and organizations. All donations made to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will be granted in full to charities working on response efforts in our community. Donations in May will be matched by Vancouver Foundation, up to a maximum of $30,000, and may be made online at https://cvcfoundation.org/giving/make-a-donation/