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New funding available in Nanaimo for poverty reduction and social inclusion

Nanaimo Foundation will administer province’s community prosperity fund
The Nanaimo Foundation is in charge of distributing new provincial funding to local charities, non-profits and Indigenous organizations. (News Bulletin file photo)

Funding is now open for Nanaimo non-profits, charities and Indigenous-serving organizations to invest in programs advancing poverty reduction and social inclusion in the community.

The community prosperity fund is a $25 million investment from the province that can be used on both operational expenses and project delivery for up to three years.

In Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Cedar, Gabriola Island and Lantzville, applications will be reviewed by the Nanaimo Foundation, which is in charge of locally dispersing the funds.

In a press release, Mike Delves, foundation board chairperson, called the fund “immensely beneficial” for local non-profits.

“If they thrive, we thrive. This means that this type of funding is essential for our community to grow and create communities where we all belong,” he said.

Chelsea Pope, the foundation’s communications and engagement coordinator, told the News Bulletin that the foundation has a set amount to distribute throughout the region.

“One thing that’s really important with this fund is it’s a chance to work in trust-based philanthropy, which is an approach that focuses on building partnerships with grant recipients which would be the charities and non-profits that receive funding,” Pope said. “They’re able to receive funding for ongoing program delivery, operational expenses, that kind of thing, which there is not a ton of opportunity for them to receive funding for.

Some examples given by fund’s application guide include food security and Indigenous language revitalization.

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For more information, applicants are asked to visit Vancouver Foundation’s webpage for the application guide at Applications will be accepted until June 24.

Jessica Durling

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Nanaimo News Bulletin journalist covering health, wildlife and Lantzville council.
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