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Emergency Community Support Fund - ROUND 2 - Open for Applications

Emergency Community Support Fund – Round 2

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350M investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.

Round 1 of funding supported projects in every province and territory and for every vulnerable group. The BVCF approved the following projects in round 1:

Wrinch Memorial Foundation: Plexiglass shield for Skeena Bakery; well-being councelling during COVID-19
Upper Skeena Development Centre: Local food access
Houston Link to Learning: Houston Recipe for Wellness
Houston Community Services: Covid-19 protective and precautionary measures
Bulkley Valley Health Foundation: Vital signs monitors for BVDH cancer services
Bulkley Valley Salvation Army Food Banks: New food delivery vehicle
Grendel Group: Directory of Covid-19 resources for Smithers and Area
Hope Air: Medical flights
Let’s Talk Science: Home learning kits (grades 4 - 6)
Smithers Community Services: Digital equity

Bulkley Valley Community Foundation is pleased to work with Community Foundations of Canada on a second round of funding to help our communities during COVID-19.

The Government of Canada is releasing the balance of the funds now to ensure it and its partners, including Community Foundations of Canada, can make adjustments, as necessary, to continue responding to evolving emergency needs as a result of COVID-19.

Starting October 5th, the final installment of the Fund is being released by the federal government so that we can continue to flow support to charities and non-profit organizations serving our most vulnerable.

Applications must be submitted by October 30, 2020

Who is Eligible?

The ECSF will provide immediate financial support for organizations that are serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. Qualified donees may apply for a grant of up to $5,000 per project in the Bulkley Valley area.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Be a qualified donee
  • Be serving people in the BVCF area from Topley to Kitwanga
  • Projects must:
    • Clearly address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19
    • Serve one or more vulnerable groups as defined in the application guide
    • Be carried out in a short time frame with a reasonable budget. Project-related costs must be incurred between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

  • Projects must not:
    • Be designed for fundraising purposes
    • Generate profits
    • Take place outside of Canada

How are ECSF grants awarded?

Grant applications will be assessed and adjudicated by the BVCF Grants committee to ensure funding is directed where it’s needed most.

How do organizations apply

Access the application portal here

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Bulkley Valley Community Foundation

PO Box 4584
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0
Phone 250-847-4356
Email info@bvcf.ca

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