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Second Round of ECSF Funding

October 5, 2020

The Winkler Community Foundation takes part in second round of Emergency Community Support Fund

$30,000 in funding available in Winkler Community for charities supporting COVID-19 response

[Winkler; October 5] Winkler Community Foundation today announced it will provide $30,000  to support local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of an ongoing partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort is a second round of funding that aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The Winkler Community Foundation is among community foundations across Canada that are taking part.

“As infection rates start to rise again in communities across the country, ongoing support is vital in the fight against COVID-19,” says Myra Peters, WCF Executive Director. Local charities and non-profit organizations are pillars in this community. 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.”

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. A first round of funding was disbursed through the community foundation network across Canada in June and July. The Winkler Community Foundation awarded $40,000 to 7 organizations in the area.

Starting on October 5, 2020, the Winkler Community Foundation will begin accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. The deadline to submit an application is October 30, 2020.

The Fund is designed to help support organizations as they continue to respond to the pandemic. The demand for the ECSF far exceeds the funds available. Community Foundations of Canada also continues to advocate for broader recovery and stabilization support for the charitable sector.

Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more. Charities and community organizations are invited to contact the Winkler Community Foundation executive director for more information. Visit Community Foundation’s of Canada website for eligibility and application details.  https://communityfoundations.ca/initiatives/emergency-community-support-fund/

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