Monday October 10, 2020

Today the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough announced it will provide $115,000 to support local charities responding to COVID-19. This funding is part of an ongoing partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross – with funding provided by the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

This national effort is a second round of funding that aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

The Prime Minister of Canada initially announced the ECSF on April 21, 2020. It is part of a broad series of emergency response measures by the Government of Canada. A first round of funding was disbursed through the community foundation network across Canada in May, June and July. The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough awarded $318,230 to 23 organizations across the greater Peterborough area.

Starting Monday October 5, 2020, the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough will begin accepting round two applications for funding from qualified donees. Maximum grant size is $10,000.

Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including covering staffing or resource needs, performance monitoring and reporting costs, knowledge development activities and more.

The deadline to submit a round two application is Friday October 30, 2020.

“Our community is stronger because of those who work in the charitable and social sectors. Our Government will continue to support them so they can continue to support the most vulnerable,” said Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha. “ECSF funds have ensured food banks can stock their shelves to feed those in need, that counselling services are able to keep up with an increase in demand, and that service providers can adjust to life in a post-COVID world with transportation to make home deliveries, or drive seniors to appointments.”

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