Delta Foundation opens up second round of support

Delta Foundation will give another $75,000 in emergency funding to Delta charities serving vulnerable populations disproportionately affected during the COVID-19 pandemic by the end of October.

This second round of funding comes 11 weeks after completing the first round, which supported eight local charities with emergency funding of $181,000.

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This second round of funding is part of an ongoing partnership of Delta Foundation, and community foundations across Canada, with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, in distributing the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This vast national effort is a second round of funding that aims to support vulnerable populations 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,” said Delta Foundation president Peter Roaf. “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 as revenues have decreased. We’re happy to help in some way by being able to flow additional emergency funding their way through the ECSF but we also see the need for stabilization support for the sector, so they can continue their good work in our community over the long haul.”

The Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21 by the Prime Minister of Canada. It is part of a broad series of emergency response measures by the Government of Canada. A first round of funding was disbursed through the community foundation network across Canada in June and July.

On Monday, Delta Foundation at: deltafoundation.org began accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. The deadline to submit an application is Oct. 30. 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 the foundation website for eligibility and application details.

Delta Foundation has been Delta's only community foundation since 1986. As the community’s “charity for charities”, it provides an opportunity for donors to become community builders by helping them develop and achieve their philanthropic goals by matching their interests and concerns with community needs and opportunities. It then finds innovative and responsible ways to give their investments lasting impact for the long term.

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