The Comox Valley Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Emergency
Response Granting stream, which will be open to all local charities and not-for-profits for
applications beginning March 26, 2020.

“The COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants from the Comox Valley Community
Foundation are a response to the unprecedented situation in which we currently find
ourselves,” said Matt Beckett, President. “This granting stream is intended to offer
resources for the community where they are needed most and will support urgent issues,
particularly those being experienced within vulnerable sectors.”

“Over the past week, we have explored various options to get emergency grants in the
hands of organizations serving our most vulnerable. We have made the decision to advance
the Robert & Florence Filberg Funds for child welfare and religious organizations, that
were announced last week, earlier than planned. This is approximately $145,000,” Beckett
added.

In keeping with the intentions of Robert & Florence Filberg Fund, the funding source, the
funds will be directed to support organizations focused on child welfare in the broadest
sense, and religious organizations/churches providing services to our community. Full
criteria for the Emergency Response Grants will be available on the CVCF website.

Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout this public
health crisis and its recovery phases. This will enable us to move resources quickly and
adapt to evolving needs.

To supplement the funds available, the Comox Valley Community Foundation has opened a
COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for donations from individuals and organizations. All
donations made to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will be granted in full to
charities working on response efforts in our community. Donations may be made online at
https://cvcfoundation.org/giving/make-a-donation/covid-19-emergency-response-fund/.

As noted above, this fund will provide resources for the community where they are needed
most. However, this is a critical time for so many, including organizations who are
struggling to fund food purchases, assist with shelter and care requirements, and provide
delivery of necessities to individuals and families in need. We ask that donors continue to
give to the organizations they regularly support, and those that need our help at this crucial
time.

Susan Auchterlonie

Executive Director, Comox Valley Community Foundation