Nanaimo Foundation to distribute $167,000 in federal COVID-19 relief

Government works with agencies to help vulnerable people recover from the effects of the pandemic

The Nanaimo Foundation has been entrusted to help vulnerable people recover from the effects of the pandemic.

The foundation announced today, May 19, that it will provide $167,000 to support local charities responding to COVID-19 impacts through a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. The money comes from the Government of Canada’s $350-million emergency community support fund.

Laurie Bienert, the Nanaimo Foundation’s executive director, said in a press release that the funding is a “vital step” in combatting COVID-19’s impacts.

“Local charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now,” she said. “This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts.”

The foundation noted that it looks forward to the funds flowing quickly, and it will begin accepting applications immediately. Grants can be used for staffing, resources and more. For more information, click here.

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