The North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF) wants to help local charities apply for funding from the Community Foundation of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. The money is available to help groups support clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured, the NTCF board of directors: back row (l-r) Louise Lodge (director), Antoon Houben (vice chair), Gilles Leger (director), Rick Pesklevits (director), Franz Friesinger (chair) Front row: Cheryl Thomas (treasurer), Sandy Wetterstrom (grant chair), Lisa Leger (communications). Photo submitted

Community Foundation wants charities to apply for emergency funding

The $350 million emergency funding was created to help vulnerable populations during COVID-19

The North Thompson Communities Foundation (NTCF) is encouraging charitable organizations in the North Thompson Valley to apply for funding from the Community Foundation of Canada’s (CFC) Emergency Community Support Fund.

The $350 million emergency funding program was created to help vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis, and money is available to any organization with a charity registration number.

“The food bank, for example, they’d be able to apply for something that would make this whole COVID thing much easier to deal with, like if they needed a new freezer or something like that,” said Cheryl Thomas, treasurer for the NTCF.

“Or if Yellowhead Community Services needed people for that Better at Home program that would help to maybe provide firewood (for seniors), or the church if they were doing something that could really help the people in their community.”

Thomas added those interested have to apply by the end of July and anyone who needs help in doing so can contact the NTCF; someone with the organization can help walk them through the application process.

She also noted that none of the eligible organizations in the area have shown any interest yet, but there is still time and she hopes some local charities will take advantage of the one-time funding.

“If you can’t figure it out just get a hold of one of our board of directors. Everybody should apply. Go on the website and if you qualify, do apply, please. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Barriere, Chu Chua, Clearwater, Avola, or Blue River,” said Thomas. “If you don’t ask, you won’t get it.”

Funding from the Emergency Community Support Fund is also being handed out by the Red Cross and United Way, so if a group has received money from the fund through one of these organizations already, it should be noted they can’t apply again.

Eligible organizations that are interested can visit for more information.

To contact the NTCF email or call 250-674-3774.

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