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Charities, non-profits receives $3M lifeline as they emerge from pandemic

A cross-section of local charities and non-profits stretched financially by the pandemic are receiving more than $3.13 million in grants from the Victoria Foundation.
Sandra Richardson
Sandra Richardson is CEO of the Victoria Foundation. VICTORIA FOUNDATION

A cross-section of local charities and non-profits stretched financially by the pandemic are receiving more than $3.13 million in grants from the Victoria Foundation.

Under the foundation’s Community Recovery Program, 142 charitable-sector organizations on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands will receive up to $30,000 each in funding.

“Organizations across Greater Victoria have experienced significant impacts due to COVID-19, including with changes in service delivery models to safely meet the needs of the community or temporarily closing to align with the direction from the Province of B.C.,” said Sandra Richardson, the Victoria Foundation’s CEO.

The funds are meant to provide financial security and to assist the organizations in continuing to offer services.

“We framed the program around the question of ‘What do they need?’ The funding is meant to allow organizations some flexibility as they move to the new normal,” said Carol Hall, director of strategic initiatives at the Victoria Foundation. “We trust that organizations know best what they need.”

Emphasis was placed on groups that serve vulnerable populations, arts and the environment. Areas of concern include food security, mental health and senior’s well-being.

For more information on the program and recipients, go to victoriafoundation.bc.ca/crp-2021-distributions.