The Telus Victoria Community Board will direct $350,000 in funding to Vancouver Island charities, beginning with $115,000 in emergency relief grants for nine non-profits responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding will address public health and technology needs of organizations including the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, the Garth Homer Society, and the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society.
“In these unprecedented times, the value that our charitable sector provides our communities is more crucial than ever,” Mel Cooper, chair of the Telus Victoria Community Board, said in a statement.
“As the charities and non-profits across the country work to rapidly pivot their programs, these funds are essential to the delivery of resources to those who need it most.”
Registered charities were eligible to receive up to $20,000 in community-grant funding from Telus.
The Victoria board has funded 406 projects, charities and organizations with $4.3 million in contributions since 2007.
The nine organizations receiving funding are:
• Frontier College Indigenous Programs
• Greater Victoria Volunteer Society
• Growing Chefs Society
• Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary
• The Garth Homer Society
• The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation
• Victoria Compost and Conversation Education Society
• Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
• YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island
Telus says it will commit another $215,000 in funding in the coming months to a variety of projects, charities and organizations.