As you know, COVID-19 continues to impact the financial stability of our charitable partners. Increased demands on programs and services has caused chaos for many and uncertainty for many more with reduced revenue, cancelled events and fundraising activities and loss of volunteers, to name just a few. The Community Response Fund provides grants for program delivery, operational costs, and capacity needs—much needed funding to support the ongoing work of our community partners.
First West Foundation is pleased to build on the momentum of the first three waves of 2021 Community Response Fund funding; just as a fourth wave of dollars is set to be released. Originally 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 as we re-launched the Community Response Fund in February with an additional $500,000 available for 2021. First West Foundation and its regional community endowments are proud to grant an additional $110,800 in the fourth wave of funding from the Community Response Fund for 2021.
The following charities are receiving fourth wave funding:
Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre Society | Oliver | $10,000
Highway to Healing Support Society | Oliver | $5,000
South Okanagan Loss Society (SOLS) | Penticton | $4,500
Kelowna Community Resources | Kelowna | $10,000
Saanich Neighbourhood Place | Victoria| $7.500
Wisteria Community Association | Nanaimo | $10,800
Comox Valley Transition Society | Comox Valley | $4,000
Coquitlam Search and Rescue | Coquitlam | $4,000
Langley Hospice Society | Langley | $10,000
Kateslem Youth Society | Coquitlam | $10,000
Phoenix Society | Abbotsford | $15,000
YMCA Metro Vancouver | Langley | $20,000