The Comox Valley Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be providing
an additional $121,850 to support local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of a new
partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and
the Canadian Red Cross, funded through the Government of Canada’s $350 million
Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort aims to support
vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

“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,” said Matt Beckett, President of the Comox Valley Community Foundation. “We’re
looking forward to flowing funds quickly to ensure no one in our community is left behind.”

The Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21, 2020 by the
Prime Minister of Canada. It is part of a broad series of emergency response measures by
the Government of Canada.

“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,” said The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of
Families, Children and Social Development.

Applications for funding from qualified donees will be accepted beginning May 19. Grants
can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs,
purchase assistance and more. Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July.
Charities and community organizations are invited to visit
for eligibility and application details.

“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,” said Andrea
Dicks, Community Foundations of Canada President. “We’re grateful for the leadership of
local community foundations like the Comox Valley Community Foundation, who are
stepping forward to activate this Fund and support their community as it navigates COVID19. 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.”

For further information, or to learn more about how you can make an impact, please visit or call 250-338-8444.

Susan Auchterlonie

Executive Director, Comox Valley Community Foundation