Grey Bruce organizations that have started an application to the Community Services Recovery Fund are invited to bring their questions to the two local funders, Community Foundation Grey Bruce and United Way Bruce Grey for an online question and answer session.
The virtual meeting is on Thursday, February 9 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Register to join the session at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-services-recovery-fund-qa-for-grey-bruce-applicants-tickets-517948998397 for a casual question and answer period that will include some basic information about eligibility and the types of projects that would qualify. Applications for the Community Services Recovery fund must be submitted by February 21, 2023 through the program’s website for consideration. For more information or to apply, visit www.communityservicesrecoveryfund.ca.
The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million that will help charities, non-profits and Indigenous Governing Bodies to acquire the tools they need to adapt and modernize so they can better support pandemic recovery.
In a recent media release, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, announced that Community Foundations of Canada alongside Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada have been selected to distribute the funding.
Since the early phases of the pandemic, charities, non-profits and Indigenous Governing Bodies have struggled with increased demand for their services due to reduced revenues, declines in charitable giving due to the rising cost of living, and there is a greater need to make use of digital tools as part of adapting and modernizing their operations.
Funding from the Community Services Recovery Fund will enable charities, non-profits and Indigenous Governing Bodies to invest in their own organizational capacity to:
• adapt the way they deliver services to support the needs of their staff and volunteers;
• buy equipment such as computers and software;
• create new ways of working, such as developing new fundraising approaches;
• provide support for staff and volunteers, such as staff training, supports for mental health and wellbeing; and
• develop plans to receive funding from diverse sources.
As a result of the investments provided by the Community Services Recovery Fund, it is anticipated that charities, non-profits and Indigenous Governing Bodies will be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the community services that they provide.
About Community Foundation Grey Bruce: Created in 1994, Community Foundation Grey Bruce enhances community vitality by fostering open discussion about local need, sharing knowledge, and growing endowments to provide strategic granting and support to a wide range of non-profit organizations.
United Way of Bruce Grey: The United Way of Bruce Grey is a community-based autonomous organization which is dedicated to moving people from poverty to possibility, building strong, inclusive communities and helping children be all that they can be. We are committed to serving our vulnerable populations through our front line programs (Utility Assistance, Financial Literacy and Backpack Program) and by supporting like-minded local agencies which have specialized expertise with seniors, the hungry and the homeless, at risk youth, support for abused women, mental health support and more. By combining strengths, our goal is to create opportunities for a better life for everyone throughout Bruce and Grey Counties.