More government funds on the way to charities on pandemic's frontlines

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With the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic entrenched in parts of Ontario and other hotspots across the country, another round of government funding is being aimed at charities supporting vulnerable Canadians.

In Huron and Perth counties, cash from the federal government’s Emergency Community Support Fund is being distributed by United Way Perth Huron and the Stratford Perth Community Foundation. 

Both are part of national networks the government has entrusted with funnelling $350 million to organizations offering front-line services for low-income seniors, women and children, persons with disabilities, and other community members particularly exposed to the impacts of the pandemic.

“As infection rates start to rise again in communities across the country, ongoing support is vital in the fight against COVID-19,” said Heidi Culliton, executive director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, in a press release. “Local charities and non-profit organizations are pillars in this community.

For over six months, they have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most, but the reality is they’re facing increased demand at the same time as revenues have decreased.”

The first round of funding was announced in April. The United Way and the Stratford Perth Community Foundation reviewed applications and distributed money through the summer to more than 30 local organizations providing meal deliveries, mental health and wellness support, access to safe transportation for essential appointments, and other eligible services.

Applications for funds from the second round of funding announced earlier this month are being accepted until Oct. 30.

“The need is still great across our region,” said Ryan Erb, the local United Way’s executive director, in a press release. “I know these funds will be used well.”

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