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Posted: March 24, 2021

CVCF continues to grant COVID-relief funding

This month the Columbia Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) approved two more grant applications to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

Operational since April 2020, this fund has now granted over $92,000 to local community projects and organizations responding to the pandemic.

The most recent successful applications include the Rotary Radium Community Gardens seeking support for the maintenance of the community gardens. With an increased need, a waitlist almost doubles the capacity of gardens, and a limited ability to fundraise, the Community Gardens partnered with the Village of Radium Hot Springs to apply for the funding.

Gardens volunteer Jan Campbell shares of the successful grant. “This grant will help the garden continue to be a welcoming place for everyone in the community to visit and enjoy.”

The current Phase Two of the funding has been expanded to include financial support for organizational sustainability.

In a February 2021 report released by Vantage Point, a non-profit leadership organization, 48% of non-profit organizations anticipate needing to close down operations if the current situation continues; particularly hard-hit sectors include arts/culture and sports/recreation organizations. With 64% of organizations recording a decreased ability to deliver programs and services, along with a 58% increase in demand, many non-profit organizations are struggling.

While funding lasts, the CVCF continues to accept COVID-19 Community Response Fund Phase Two grant applications, on a rolling basis with an adjudication occurring every two months.

The next grant cut-off for applications is April 28. More information on grant applications, and how to donate, can be found at www.valleyfoundation.ca.

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