Rapid Relief Fund Disbursements

Just as the money was raised quickly, Rapid Relief Fund donations are being distributed to those in need equally as fast. Below is a listing of all Rapid Relief Fund grants that have been approved by the Victoria Foundation’s Board of Directors. Distributions have now been fully completed, with 105 grants totalling $6,002,700.

Thank You Victoria!!!


Coalition of Neighbourhood Houses – $275,000

  • Beacon Community Services – $125,000 financial supports, through the Homeless Prevention Fund (rent subsidies, hydro, income supports, etc.)
  • Burnside Gorge Community Centre – $75,000 for training and materials to follow health protocols and for childcare operations
  • Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group – $75,000 for food access

Food Share Network – $200,000

  • Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Vancouver Island – $50,000 for staffing needs to keep social concern office open to continue food access programming in place and maintaining health protocols
  • Victoria Cool Aid Society – $150,000
    • Food access
    • Financial supports (rent, hydro, income supports, etc.)
    • Housing/shelter
    • Maintain health protocols currently in place
    • Purchasing safety supply supplies such N95 face masks, hand sanitizer, personal protective equipment

Salvation Army ARC – $175,000

  • Food access
  • Housing/shelter
  • By phone counselling services
  • Maintaining health protocols currently in place
  • Purchasing safety supply supplies such N95 face masks, hand sanitizer and protective gloves
  • Disinfectant hand soap for washrooms

Salvation Army Stan Hagen Centre for Families – $150,000

  • Food access
  • Crisis counselling by phone
  • Financial support (rent, hydro etc.) by phone
  • Maintaining health protocols currently in place
  • Purchasing safety supply supplies such N95 face masks, hand sanitizer and protective gloves
  • Disinfectant hand soap for washrooms

Mustard Seed – $200,000

  • Food Access (Viewfield/Food Rescue & food bank/meals)
  • Maintaining health protocols currently in place
  • Purchasing safety supply supplies such N95 face masks, gloves and disinfectant

Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness – $68,000

  • Homelessness prevention
  • Supportive programming
  • Supporting individuals in self-isolation

AVI South Island – $45,000

  • Scaling up food and care services & telemedicine for immuno-compromised clients and clinic
  • Maintaining health protocols

Cowichan Green Community – $50,000

  • Food access through food recovery project and other programs
  • Maintaining health protocols

Disaster Aid (Soap for Hope) – $25,000

  • Procurement and distribution of hygiene and essential personal products for populations affected by pandemic
  • Staffing needs

Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank – $40,000

  • Food access on the Peninsula
  • Maintaining health protocols

Salt Spring Community Services – $100,000

  • Food access
  • Emergency relief (stipends, rent, emergency funds)
  • Emergency shelter and facilities
  • Maintaining health protocols

Sooke Food Bank – $40,000

  • Food access in Sooke
  • Maintaining health protocols

The Cridge Centre for Families – $75,000

  • Childcare
  • Housing/shelter
  • Food access
  • Seniors assisted living
  • Financial supports
  • Supportive programming
  • Maintaining health protocols

Together Against Poverty Society – $40,000

  • Navigation of government supports and programs accessing financial assistance (e.g. Employment Insurance)

Victoria Native Friendship Centre – $162,000

  • Food access
  • Emergency shelter
  • Childcare
  • Delivery of essential services to those in self-isolation
  • Maintaining health protocols

Broadmead Care Society – $30,000

  • For Seniors to stay connected with loved ones through digital platforms
  • Program activities

Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation – $14,200

  • For Seniors living at home, including emergency response measures and by-phone supports

Galiano Club – $16,500

  • To provide food access through hamper and meals programs on Galiano Island

Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society – $150,000

  • For coordinated community supports for at-risk populations
  • Supports include the Box for Hope food program, which is contracting local restaurants to keep employing staff

Goldstream Food Bank Society – $40,000

  • To provide food access through hamper program in the West shore

Inter Cultural Association of Greater Victoria – $25,000

  • To adapt existing programs to online and by-phone services to support newcomers in accessing government financial supports, employment services and food access.

James Bay New Horizons Society – $9,000

  • To support seniors by providing grocery shopping and delivery of food, and supportive programming by phone

Loaves and Fishes Food Bank Foundation – $50,000

  • To provide food access through hamper and food recovery programs in Nanaimo

Crisis Intervention and Public Information Society of Greater Victoria (Need2) – $50,000

  • To support youth online, by text and over the phone for emotional support and suicide crisis support, employment, counseling, navigating mental health supports, intervention services, and bridging to mobile crisis response teams and 911

Our Place Society – $175,000

  • To support at-risk and marginalized populations in homelessness response and prevention
  • Includes shelter, housing, meals, emergency medical support through paramedic services and outreach services

Pacific Centre Family Services Association – $35,000

  • For family services in the West Shore
  • Accessing government financial supports and programs, youth and family counselling and services for isolated seniors

Peers Victoria Resources Society – $35,000

  • To provide rent subsidies, counselling services, outreach and supportive programming to at-risk and marginalized populations

The Board of Education of School District #61 – $120,000

  • To supplement and expand food services for families in School District 61 in coordination with the Food Rescue Project and local restaurants providing meals
  • Program also contracting local restaurants to keep employing staff

The Anglican Church of St. John the Divine Victoria – $8,000

  • To provide food access for at-risk and marginalized populations

Victoria Women’s Transition House Society – $100,000

  • For women fleeing domestic violence, including shelter and financial supports

Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society – $12,000

  • For newcomers to access and navigate government financial and crisis supports
  • Provide information sharing on COVID-19 and mandated health practices of social distancing and self-isolation
  • Language services included in the above programming.

Downtown Blandshard Advisory Committee (Quadra Village Community Centre) – $120,000

  • For free childcare provision

Hulitan Family and Community Services Society – $82,000

  • For family services, including to navigate government financial supports, for at-home learning for children and youth and basic supports

Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services Society – $84,000

  • To adapt family services for online and by-phone supports and programming
  • At-home learning for children and youth

Victoria Association for Community Living DBA as Community Living Victoria – $100,000

  • To support families and individuals with cognitive disabilities, including respite, outreach and basic supports
  • To support 14 groups homes providing housing to individuals with cognitive disabilities and mental health challenges

Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre Society – $7,000

  • For family services including counselling and mental health supports
  • Food deliveries to isolated families

Anawin Companion Society – $5,000

  • Food access for Anawin House residents while maintaining recommended health protocols

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Victoria Foundation – $107,000

  • To support coordination of services and food access on the West Shore
  • Family support and programming, including online and by-phone adaption

Silver Threads Service – $22,000

  • Support for isolated and vulnerable seniors, including food access and deliveries

Shelbourne Community Kitchen Society – $20,000

  • Food access with delivery in Saanich

Victoria Community Food Hub Society – $75,000

  • For coordination of regional food supply
  • For the Growing in the City initiative, supporting residents with backyard gardening and growing for food security and wellness

Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society – $60,000

  • Food access in Esquimalt

Pacifica Housing Advisory Association – $130,000

  • For homelessness prevention, including ensuring the health and safety of residents through implementing and maintaining recommended health protocols

Ready to Rent BC Association – $10,000

  • For financial and educational supports to tenants/renters to maintain housed
  • Support for tenants and landlords to fill vacant rental units

Sooke Shelter Society – $5,000

  • Supports and materials for at-risk and marginalized communities in Sooke

Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health – $25,000

  • For homelessness prevention, including housing/shelter and supports for at-risk and marginalized communities
  • To maintain recommended health protocols

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House – $35,000

  • For IT and digital adaptation of free counselling services
  • For families services in Esquimalt

Greater Victoria Citizens Counselling Centre – $16,000

  • For counselling services to offset client fees, while still covering costs

Sooke Family Resource Society – $35,000

  • Supports for families in Sooke/West Shore, including counselling services

Vancouver Island Counselling Centre for Immigrants and Refugees Association – $35,000

  • For counselling and language services for newcomers

Vancouver Island Men’s Therapy Centre Society – $32,000

  • For counselling and mental health supports
  • To waive fees for individuals who cannot afford services

9 – 10 Club Serving Soup to the Hungry – $32,000

  • Food access in Victoria

Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association – $15,000

  • Food access in the Cowichan Valley

Seniors Serving Seniors Association of BC – $20,000

  • Delivery of food and prescriptions to isolated seniors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria Capital Region – $105,000

  • To support families to navigate government financial supports
  • To provide ongoing family programming, outreach and mental health support services for children and youth

Connections Place Society – $37,000

  • To expand virtual and outreach services for one to one mental health support

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society – $10,000

  • To increase counselling hours for children, youth and families

Family Services of Greater Victoria Society – $11,000

  • To transition to online telehealth counselling services for families

Friends of Living and Learning Through Loss Society – $25,000

  • Funding for virtual counselling program for youth experiencing mental health challenges, grief and trauma

Hiiye’yu Lelum (House of Friendship) Society – $60,000

  • To provide supports to Indigenous and other communities through the coordinated Cowichan Valley regional response in the context of COVID-19

Marie Esther Society (Mount St. Mary Hospital) – $30,000

  • For IT and digital infrastructure, to keep residents in isolation connected to family, friends and loved ones, including seniors and people with disabilities

Canadian Mental Health Association Cowichan Valley Branch /992 – $220,000

  • For the coordinated Cowichan Valley regional response for homelessness prevention in the context of COVID-19, including at-risk communities and the precariously housed
  • Funding will support a collaborative effort of 17+ organizations, including service organizations, municipalities, First Nations, Health Authority and School District

PEERS Victoria Resources Society – $35,000

  • Partnership with Indigenous Harm Reduction Team to provide materials, supplies and support to at-risk and marginalized communities in the coordinated downtown emergency response

Threshold Housing Society – $50,000

  • To provide additional supports and expanded services due to COVID-19 to youth residents and to youth experiencing homelessness

Nourish Cowichan Society – $20,000

  • To support food access to children, youth and families through partnership with SD 79

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group Society – $54,000

  • To provide Good Food Boxes to families each week free of charge

Sooke Region Communities Health Network Cooperative – $5,000

  • To provide food access to the emergency shelter in Sooke in response to COVID-19

Victoria Community Food Hub Society – $485,000

  • To secure local food supply and provide food access to vulnerable communities in the context of COVID-19
  • Provides funding for 35 Food Share Network organizations, including School Districts 61 and 62, to purchase fresh food from 21 small to medium scale farms that have lost markets due to COVID-19

Bridges for Women Society – $35,000

  • For outreach and supports to women at-risk
  • IT and digital program adaption

Garth Homer Society – $30,000

  • To support residents with developmental disabilities, and to implement and maintain recommended health protocols

Cowichan Valley Youth Services Society – $30,000

  • To expand counselling services and peer supports to youth and families, along with food access
  • To manage increased IT costs

Mental Health Recovery Partners Society – South Vancouver Island – $20,000

  • For IT and digital infrastructure for mental health supports and counselling
  • To support program and service navigation for clients

South Island Centre for Counselling and Training Society – $42,000

  • To provide counselling services

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society – $26,000

  • To support youth in accessing and navigating supportive services

Vancouver Island Providence Community Association – $62,000

  • To provide mental health and rehabilitative supports to marginalized individuals
  • For IT and digital program adaptation

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre Society – $18,000

  • To provide counselling services and programming

Cowichan Valley Independent Living Resource Centre Society – $20,000

  • To provide support to people navigating government financial supports in the context of COVID-19, in partnership with Literacy Now Cowichan Society

Ladysmith Resources Centre Association – $15,000

  • Financial supports for families and individuals impacted by COVID-19
  • Food access and supports for people experiencing homelessness

PHS Community Services Society – $25,000

  • Support for residents within recommended health protocols, including food access and programming

YMCA-YWCA Vancouver Island – $40,000

  • To support single mothers and youth residents in housing services

Beacon Community Association – $30,000

  • To provide food access and mental health support to seniors

Cowichan Green Community Foundation – $30,000

  • Food access to low-income families, isolated seniors and First Nations communities in coordination with 24 organizations participating in the Food Access Task Force in the Cowichan Valley

The Board of Education of School District 61 – $80,000

  • To provide coordinated food access to 1000 families through the School District

The Mustard Seed Street Church – $78,000

  • To meet the increased demand on the Food Rescue Project to provide fresh produce, fruits, meat and dairy products to 50+ Food Share Network organizations

Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division – $25,000

  • To provide rent and wage subsidies to adults 18 – 62

Oak Bay Volunteer Services Society – $15,000

  • To provide delivery of medication and food to isolated seniors in Oak Bay, and to provide safety and wellness checks

Saanich Neighbourhood Place – $60,000

  • To expand mental health supports, food access, and youth and children’s programming to new and existing families due to COVID-19

The Cridge Centre for the Family  – $45,000

  • For counselling services for families affected by social isolation and COVID-19

Victoria Cool Aid Society – $115,000

  • To provide health services including telehealth, emergency dental services and mobile health services

Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson’s Centre Society dba Headway – $10,000

  • To connect clients to community services and programs affected by COVID-19, and by-phone supports

Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre Society dba 1Up – $32,000

  • To provide mental health supports and counselling to families

Victoria Brain Injury Society – $15,000

  • IT and digital adaptation of programming and supports in the context of COVID-19, including navigating government supports and community services

Greater Victoria Volunteer Society – $15,000

  • To provide training and volunteer placement within recommended health protocol to service organizations to meet the increased demand of community services due to COVID-19

Living Edge Community Church – $35,000

  • To provide food access in the capital region.

Tsartlip First Nation – $40,000

  • For transportation costs to access the Food Rescue Project and Food Share Network resources, and to support community based food production.

Victoria Literacy Connection Society – $10,000

  • To provide home learning and education supports to youth and children, and for newcomer families.

Victoria Immigrants and Refugee Centre Society  – $6,000

  • To provide home learning and education supports to newcomer children and youth.

Victoria Literacy Connection Society – $10,000

  • To provide home learning and education supports to youth and children, and for newcomer families.

Victoria Immigrants and Refugee Centre Society – $6,000

  • To provide home learning and education supports to newcomer children and youth.

Sooke Options for Community Living Association – $45,000

  • For respite for families with children with developmental disabilities in the Westshore.

AVI Health and Community Services Society – $170,000

  • To provide wrap around supports and coordinated services to people experiencing homelessness that will remain unhoused. In coordination with downtown service providers and in coordination with partner funding organizations

Volunteer Cowichan – $25,000

  • To provide delivery and transportation services to Seniors within recommended health protocols.