MARGARET CUNNINGHAM, Foundation Coordinator
Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19. This work in our community is invaluable. We thank you all. We are proud to have invested $134,600 from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) towards local charities and qualified donees, supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability in Kawartha Lakes. We are pleased to announce the ECSF has supported projects including: Community Care of Kawartha Lakes, $45,000 for specialized transportation service requirements; Tri-County Community Support Services, $41,887 for new virtual services for people with developmental disabilities; Women’s Resources Kawartha Lakes, $13,229 for additional staff to support and shelter women during isolation; John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, $10,000 for staffing to deliver outreach services; Boys & Girls Club Kawartha Lakes, $19,889 for cleaning staffing, additional PPE and supplies for children’s return; and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario – Kawartha Lakes, $6,395 for supplies to keep essential workers and clients safe. We have now granted the full funding available to our Foundation and we are no longer accepting applications to ECSF. We know the need for funding is still significant and we’re continuing to advocate for additional emergency funds. If you would like to be notified if any additional funding becomes available through ECSF, please fill out their online form. We invite you to explore opportunities with the other ECSF funding intermediaries in our community. More information about other national funders is available, at https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/emergency-community-support-fund.html.