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Applications process open for Prince George Community Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund

Emergency fund created by $52K raised from Stay-at-Home Gala
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Person filling out an application form. (via File photo)

Money has been collected and fundraised, and now it’s time for the Prince George Community Foundation (PGCF) to distribute funds to those in need of relief during COVID-19.

The organization announced today (June 25) its application process is now open for local groups to receive the necessary funds to help vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic, which could be as much as $5,000 for a successful project submission.

On May 2, the PGCF hosted a Stay-at-Home Gala and raised more than $52,000 to create the Emergency Response Fund.

This was in addition to the Emergency Community Support Fund, a $350-million investment made by the federal government to Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada, which granted over $160,000 alone to non-profits in northern B.C.

Applications for the PGCF’s new fund are being accepted until July 31; interested organizations must be based in Prince George.

The Foundation says the money is expected to be disbursed in August and examples of eligible projects include:

  • Providing access to emergency supplies such as food, sanitary equipment, personal hygiene, clothing, personal protective equipment, etc.
  • Creation of a digital health platform to continue mental health and addictions recovery programming
  • Purchase of food kits for marginalized families experiencing interrupted support services
  • Technology purchase and service enabling seniors in-residence to connect with their families virtually
  • Remote arts programming for vulnerable youth

All programs must also be aimed at supporting the following vulnerable populations:

  • Children, youth and the elderly
  • Vulnerable workers and caregivers
  • Populations requiring specific supports such as those experiencing homelessness, struggling with addiction, living with mental illness, living in poverty, prison populations, veterans, post-secondary students
  • Marginalized communities such as official language minority communities, women and girls, members of the LGBTQ2s+ communities, immigrants and refugees, racialized people, indigenous people

More information is available on the PGCF’s website.