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Prince George Community Foundation helping distribute nearly $198K to support local charities amid COVID-19

Foundation to begin accepting applications today (May 19) from qualified donees
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More funding is soon going to be available for Prince George charities struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Prince George Community Foundation (PGCF) announced this morning (May 19) it will be providing $197,630 to local charities from a new partnership with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

The funding is available through Canada's $350-million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), aiming to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 

The PGCF says it is one of roughly 150 local community foundations taking part across the country. 

The funding from the foundation will also help provide support to the Foundation's Regional Partners including Mackenzie, Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, Burns Lake, Terrace, Wells, 100 Mile House, McBride, Fraser Lake and Valemount. 

“This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19,” PGCF Director of Development Mindy Street says in a news release.

“Local charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now. This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts. We’re looking forward to flowing funds quickly to ensure no one in our area is left behind.” 

Today (May 19), the foundation will start accepting applications from qualified charities needing help.

Grants can be used for a number of needs including covering staff, resource needs, purchase assistance and other areas. 

The foundation adds the grants will be issued on an ongoing basis through July of this year. 

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians.” The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, added.

Full details including application forms are available on the PGCF's website

“At Community Foundations of Canada, our purpose to “relentlessly pursue a future where everyone belongs” has never felt more important than it does right now,” Community Foundations of Canada President Andrea Dicks explains.

“We’re grateful for the leadership of local community foundations like the Prince George Community Foundation who are stepping forward to activate this Fund and support their community as it navigates COVID-19. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s contribution, our network will support local organizations serving vulnerable groups, helping us set the stage for more inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities.