Community foundation providing support to charities

Charities are just one of the many organizations struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Red Deer & District Community Foundation is attempting to lend a hand.

It announced it will be providing up to $360,000 to local charities and non-profits as part of a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

The program will be funded through the federal government’s $350-milllion emergency community support fund.

“This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19,” said foundation executive director Erin Peden.

“Local charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now.

“This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts. We’re looking forward to flowing funds quickly to ensure no one in our community is left behind.”

The fund was originally announced on April 21.

Starting Tuesday, the foundation began accepting applications for funding.

According to the release, grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to cover staffing or resource needs.

Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July.

For information on the grants and how to apply, visit www.rddcf.ca/.

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