Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion re­ceives an ad­di­tional Emer­gency Com­mu­nity Sup­port Fund con­tri­bu­tion

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Bargaineer -

Oct. 5, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Leth­bridge and South­west­ern Al­berta an­nounces that it is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to the Emer­gency Com­mu­nity Sup­port Fund (ECSF) as part of its COVID-19 Re­sponse and Re­cov­ery Grants pro­gram. This new fund­ing op­por­tu­nity is made pos­si­ble by an ad­di­tional con­tri­bu­tion of just over $229,000 that the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion re­ceived for the ECSF from the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tions of Canada.

“We are de­lighted to re­ceive the ad­di­tional ECSF al­lo­ca­tion,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Charleen David­son. “We’ve been award­ing grants to ad­dress the COVID-19 pan­demic since April. While we’ve al­lo­cated over $1.1M to date, the re­quest for fund­ing is more than dou­ble. These ad­di­tional dol­lars will help us ex­tend our reach to those char­i­ties that have not re­ceived or per­haps re­quire fur­ther sup­port.”

Funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada and in part­ner­ship with the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tions of Canada, the United Way Cen­traide Canada, and the Cana­dian Red Cross, the ECSF is a $350 mil­lion ini­tia­tive that has been sup­port­ing Canada Rev­enue Agency reg­is­tered char­i­ties across the coun­try since May. To date, the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has awarded over $720,000 in ECSF grants to 35 char­i­ties serv­ing vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions im­pacted by the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Lo­cal char­i­ties work­ing with in­di­vid­u­als and groups who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing height­ened vul­ner­a­bil­ity due to the COVID-19 pan­demic are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for a grant through an on­line plat­form that can be ac­cessed from the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s web­site at Char­i­ties in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing are asked to con­tact the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s Grants Co­or­di­na­tor Caitlin Ga­j­dostik at grants@cflsa. ca to dis­cuss el­i­gi­bil­ity. The dead­line to ap­ply is Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

More in­for­ma­tion on the ECSF, in­clud­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion and pro­gram guide­lines, can be found on the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion’s web­site: grants.

The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion is grate­ful to the Gov­ern­ment of Canada for its sup­port and ac­knowl­edges the tremen­dous pos­i­tive im­pact that the ECSF is mak­ing in South­west­ern Al­berta.

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