In June, the Barrie Community Foundation announced $127,249 in grants to 10 local charities. These grants were awarded to address Covid-19 response needs to shelter safely in stable housing; remotely deliver mental health support to children under the age of 14; provide emergency care packages for families with children in cancer care; purchase temperature sensor cameras for long-term care entry doors; and more.
Organizations supported were Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, Grove Park Home, Elizabeth Fry Society, Redwood Park Communities, Rainbows for All Children, Talk Is Free Theatre, Rotary Club of Barrie, Starlight Children’s FDN, Theatre By The Bay, Candlelighter’s Simcoe.
The ECSF is a $350 million fund that is being implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with local foundations across the country. Its goal is to provide support to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable Canadians.
“What we are seeing and hearing is stark. Covid-19 has been a brutal hit to our most vulnerable and the organizations supporting them. With these grants, Barrie Community Foundation supports the work that tells our community that everyone belongs,” said Marshall Green, Vice Chair, Barrie Community Foundation Board of Directors.
In Barrie, eligible organizations can still apply for grants of up to $20,000 from the ECSF. Barrie Community Foundation is reviewing and awarding funding on a weekly basis to support projects that help ensure no one is left behind in COVID-19 recovery measures.
The Barrie Community Foundation exists to support other charities whose work helps make Barrie and area a better place to live.