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Nearly $132K offered in Prince George Community Foundation’s second round of COVID-19 support grants

Money stems from nationwide pandemic emergency fund of $350 million
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Local organizations that missed out on receiving financial aid during COVID-19 have been given another chance to do so.

The Prince George Community Foundation (PGCF) is now on its second round of distributing grants from the nation-wide Emergency Community Support Fund, this time with a total of $131,840 up for grabs.

The application process goes through until Oct. 30.

In the summer, almost $295,000 was awarded to non-profits, including more than $106,000 to those in the northern capital, of the Canadian government’s $350-million total fund originally announced on April 21. 

Since then, COVID-19 cases have noticeably spiked in Northern Health’s region which is causing a need for more supplies and materials.

“Local charities and non-profit organizations are pillars in this region,” says PGCF spokesperson Mindy Stroet as the fund aims to support vulnerable populations.

“For over six months, they have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most but the reality is, they’re struggling with increased demand at the same time as revenues have decreased. We’re thrilled to be able to flow additional emergency funding their way through the ECSF but we also see the need for stabilization support for the sector, so they can continue their good work in our community over the long haul.”  

Awarded funds are earmarked for staffing and/or resource needs, along with purchasing materials like protective equipment, technology upgrades and food kits for marginalized families.

For more information, you can go to the PGCF website.

The PGCF is participating in the ongoing partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

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