Huronia Community Foundation (HCF) announced today it will provide an additional $50,000 to support local charities responding to COVID-19 as part of the ongoing partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, funded through 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 impacted by COVID-19.

“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 revenues have decreased,” says HCF President Roberta Bald.

“We’re thrilled to be able to flow additional emergency funding their way through the ECSF but we also see a need for stabilization support for the sector, so they can continue their good work in our community over the long haul.”

Huronia Community Foundation disbursed $84,500 to 17 organizations in our area from the ECSF during the first round of funding in June and July.

Starting on Oct. 5, 2020, Huronia Community Foundation will begin accepting applications for funding from qualified donees via the Community Foundations of Canada portal. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 30, 2020.

Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs, purchase assistance and more. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit CommunityFoundations.ca for eligibility and application details.

Since 2001 the Huronia Community Foundation has provided over $3.5 million in local grants and scholarships.

For more information about HCF, visit huroniacommunityfoundation.com.