Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.
Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.
The Victoria Foundation is proud to be working with the United Way, CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in Capital Regional District and Duncan, to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, together the Victoria Foundation and the United Way will be investing $1.6 million dollars towards local registered charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations.
Locally, we are working jointly to coordinate funding, and organizations can apply for funding from the Victoria Foundation and United Way through a single application process starting on May 19, 2020. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through July 27th or until funds are fully allocated.