Canada News Wire
GATINEAU, QC, January 24, 2022
Select organizations will distribute the Community Services Recovery Fund to charities and nonprofits
GATINEAU, QC, January 24, 2022 /CNW/ – Charities and nonprofits are at the forefront of meeting the needs of communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many are struggling to recover and adapt their services to the changing needs of Canadians.
Today, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karine Gould, has launched a call for proposals to select national funders who will distribute funds to help various charities and nonprofits adapt and modernize, so they can support economic recovery in communities across Canada.
The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time $400 million investment that will help charities and nonprofits acquire the tools they need to modernize and adapt to the challenges facing the sector due to of the pandemic. The government will select domestic funders based on their ability to achieve a broad distribution of funding across the charitable and nonprofit sector and to work collaboratively and effectively to administer the Fund.
Specifically, national donors:
set up open application portals
reach out to diverse communities across Canada
assess needs at community level
The government invites three organizations that meet the criteria to submit a proposal: Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. Other organizations may also inquire about the process for selecting national funders or submitting a proposal.
Once selected, national funders will design their own application processes to select eligible recipients of Community Services Recovery Fund modernization and adaptation projects. The call for proposals to become a national funder is open until February 21, 2022. For more details, please visit the funding page.
“Charities and nonprofits play a vital role in supporting communities through Canada, and it particularly rang true during the pandemic. Through the Community Services Recovery Fund, our government will be there to support this important sector as it grows stronger and adapts to the changing needs of Canadians. Selected national funders will play a critical role in the effective distribution of this fund to organizations across the country. »
– The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karine Gould
The Community Services Recovery Fund builds on the successful implementation of the $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund, where the government has funded over 11,570 projects serving vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As national funders of the Emergency Community Support Fund, the Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross have demonstrated their ability to distribute funds to the charitable and non-profit sector in a fair, effective and efficient manner.
According to the Sector Monitor survey published in August 2021 by Imagine Canada.
The Community Services Recovery Fund was first announced in Budget 2021 and committed $400 million to help charities and nonprofits adapt and modernize to better support economic recovery in Canadian communities.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada