Local Community Foundation providing funds for local charities responding to pandemic

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The Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes announced it will be providing $136,400 to support local charities responding to COVID-19.

It’s part of a new partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, funded through the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

This national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes is among community foundations across Canada that are taking part.

“This is great news and we are thrilled our local Community Foundation has been given the nod to help,” states Foundation President, Mike Perry. “The United Way has also received funding so I look forward to working together to increase the impact of the fund for people, where able.”

“This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19,” adds Marlene Morrison Nicholls, a founding Board Member of the Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes, “Local charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now. This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts. We’re looking forward to flowing funds quickly to ensure no one in our community is left behind.”

The Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes will now be accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more. Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit www.kawarthafoundation.ca for eligibility and application details.

“At Community Foundations of Canada, our purpose to “relentlessly pursue a future where everyone belongs” has never felt more important than it does right now,” said Andrea Dicks, Community Foundations of Canada President.

“We’re grateful for the leadership of local community foundations like Community Foundation of Kawartha Lakes, who are stepping forward to activate this Fund and support their community as it navigates COVID-19. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s contribution, our network will support local organizations serving vulnerable groups, helping us set the stage for more inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities.”

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