The Comox Valley Community Foundation has funds available for local charities and not-for-profits.

The Foundation has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Granting stream.

It’s now accepting applications.

Foundation president Matt Beckett said this is in response to “the unprecedented situation in which we currently find ourselves.”

“This granting stream is intended to offer resources for the community where they are needed most and will support urgent issues, particularly those being experienced within vulnerable sectors,” he added.

“Over the past week, we have explored various options to get emergency grants in the hands of organizations serving our most vulnerable. We have made the decision to advance the Robert & Florence Filberg Funds for child welfare and religious organizations, that were announced last week, earlier than planned. This is approximately $145,000.”

In keeping with the intentions of the fund, the money will be directed to support organizations focused on child welfare in the broadest sense, and religious organizations/churches providing services to the community. 

Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the COVID-19 crisis and its recovery phases. 

The foundation says this will enable it to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

To supplement the funds available, the foundation has opened a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for donations from people and organizations. 

All donations will be granted in full to charities working on response efforts in our community. 

Donations may be made online here.