The Comox Valley Regional District’s board of directors has approved $148,279 in grant-aid to support the homeless and provide food security for marginalized populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Approved funding allocations include $93,179 from repurposed general administration surplus funds to be dedicated to the Comox Valley Community Foundation, the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness and the Community Health Network.
Each organization that receives COVID-19 support funding is expected to direct those funds towards initiatives that support the homeless and provide food security. They will be required to report back on the purpose and effect of each disbursement on COVID-19 response in the community.
In addition to this emergency funding, $55,100 in grant funds will be expedited to 12 non-profit organizations supporting specific community initiatives identified within the electoral areas. These contributions will be made available through the five Grant-in-Aid services for the electoral areas and are funded by a combination of 2020 tax requisition and prior years’ surplus.
The full list of electoral area grant in aid recipients includes:
• Denman Community Land Trust Association
• Denman Island Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program Organization
• Denman Island Preschool Society
• Fanny Bay Community Association
• Fanny Bay Seniors Society
• Hornby Island Arts Council
• Hornby Island Daycare Society
• Hornby Island Educational Society
• LUSH Valley Food Action Society
• Royston Community Club and Recreation Commission
• Ships Point Volunteer Firefighters Association
• Union Bay Community Club and Recreation Association
Later this month, the electoral area directors will be considering additional grant fund awards to other community programs, as this first round of funding is primarily intended to assist with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.