Renewed response fund returns with first wave of granting in 2021

Initially established in May 2020 by First West Foundation to support charities across BC who were impacted by COVID-19, the Community Response Fund granted $497,820 to 49 organizations focused on food security and basic needs supports for youth, families and seniors last year.

And while we may be in a new year, many of the same challenges remain. We are excited to announce First West Foundation re-launched the Community Response Fund in early February with an additional $500,000 available for 2021. First West Foundation and its regional community endowments are proud to distribute $67,200 in the first wave of funding from the Community Response Fund for 2021.

The following charities will receive first wave funding:

Valley First
Soupateria | Penticton | $10,000
Penticton Recovery Resource Society (Discovery House) | Penticton | $6,000

Island Savings
Nourish Cowichan Society | Duncan | $10,000
Gulf Islands School District #64 | $10,000
Clements Centre | Duncan | $15,200

Envision Financial
Chilliwack Resource Centre | Chilliwack | $5,000
Abbotsford Hospice Society | Abbotsford | $5,000
Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors | Chilliwack | $6,000