Thank you for your interest in the Rapid Relief Fund (RRF).

We recognize that there is a high need for funding for the critical work that charities are doing to support our community through these extraordinary times, and that many organizations are facing unprecedented challenges. 

While we are not accepting applications for funding from the RRF, we do want to ensure we have the most complete picture of both the needs in our community and the capacities of local charities to address them. A Community Advisory has been assembled to assist Victoria Foundation staff with this work, and includes the following members:

    • Alvaro Moreno, Coordinator of Refugee Sponsorship, Anglican Diocese of British Columbia
    • Beangka Elliott, Administrative Coordinator, Vancouver Island Coast Salish Health and Wellness Team
    • Danella Parks, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Victoria
    • Diana Gibson, Executive Director, Community Social Planning Council
    • Fran Hunt-Jinnuchi, Executive Director, Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness
    • Sonja Yli-Kahila, Coordinator, Food Share Network
    • Susanne Germain, Strategic Advisor, Priority Populations and Initiatives, Island Health

Reviewing all Advisory recommendations is a Leadership Group consisting of Times Colonist Editor Dave Obee, CRD Chair and Saanich Councillor Colin Plant, and Victoria Foundation Honorary Governors President and owner of Heart Pharmacy and Rumble Nutrition, Rasool Rayani.

To help in this regard, those organizations that meet the following eligibility requirements are asked to complete a short survey:

    • You are a registered Canadian Charity or qualified donee as defined by CRA.
    • You are based in the Capital Region of Victoria or the Cowichan Valley area
    • You are providing support to vulnerable populations in one or more of the following urgent focus areas:
      • Prevention of homelessness, including support to organizations that provide rent and income subsidies
      • Access to food (e.g. food banks, meal programs)
      • Providing navigation of government or other financial supports and programs available to individuals and families
      • Physical and mental health supports (e.g. assisting service providers to purchase equipment or receive training to follow Health Authority recommended health protocols)
      • Other areas identified based on community needs and input from the Community Advisory.

If your organization meets the basic eligibility requirements and either provides services in the identified priority areas or is actively providing other services you would like noted, please complete the survey. We recognize that community needs are continually evolving, and the focus areas listed above may change over time based on the information provided by community.

Take the Survey

The information organizations provide through the survey will be collected in a community needs assessment. Submitted information will continue to be reviewed and inform the advisory process and funding decisions. Please note that we are not able to notify organizations of the status of their submission.

Thank you for the essential work that you are doing to support our community. The Victoria Foundation recognizes the vital contribution the broader charitable sector provides in maintaining physical and mental wellness and in ensuring that the basic needs are met for those that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to continue working to develop ways to support the sector in navigating these extremely challenging times.

Need more info? Email us.