United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) is once again helping local communities during the pandemic. 

It’s taking part in another round of Emergency Community Support Funds (ECSF).

The $350 million ECSF was first announced on April 21st and is being used to support front-line service agencies to adapt their processes and programs to support vulnerable individuals and families through the pandemic.

This time, another $380,600 is being granted to the Vancouver Island area through the organization.

Applications are now open and are divided into two streams:

  1. Initiatives to support those at-risk or experiencing homelessness in Mt. Waddington, Comox Valley, Campbell River and Port Alberni areas;
  2. Agencies throughout UWCNVI’s geographic area that have seen an increase in demand for their services. Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:
  •  Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching
  • Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support
  • Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence

More support is also coming for organizations in the Comox Valley. 

The Comox Valley Community Foundation will be providing an additional $51,170 to local charities responding to COVID-19.

CVCF President Matt Beckett says now more than ever, the valley needs all the help it can get. 

“As infection rates start to rise again in communities across the country, ongoing support is vital in the fight against COVID-19.” 

“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,” explains Beckett. 

The CVCF is now accepting applications for funding and the deadline to submit is October 30th.

Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more. 

If you want to learn more, or are a community organization looking to apply, visit www.cvcfoundation.org.