In response to community needs created by the COVID-19 health pandemic, Sunshine Coast Foundation established the Sunshine Coast COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. This fund, seeded by resources from the Foundation, and to which individuals and businesses may contribute, is intended to provide emergency relief to charities whose operations, programs, or services are negatively impacted by the restrictions or other factors related to the current situation. The fund is particularly intended to support:
(1) charities that are addressing the needs of those with mental health issues, seniors facing isolation, youth and families living in poverty, and those in inadequate housing; or
(2) charities in other sectors whose operations or financial stability are jeopardized because of the challenges of fundraising in the current environment.
Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot fund the activities of partisan political organizations or religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purposes. Churches may apply for funding to support programs accessible to the community, such as food banks, classes, or other uses of their facilities.
The Foundation will accept applications to this fund on a rolling basis throughout this crisis. To complete an application form, visit the Foundation’s grants management system and follow the instructions.
If you have any questions about eligibility for a grant or about completing the application form, please contact the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.741.7360.
Scroll below to see the list of grants that have been awarded from this fund.
Sunshine Coast Foundation is very grateful to the Rotary Club of Gibsons, the District of Sechelt’s Community Forest Legacy Fund, the Vancouver Foundation, and all the donors who have so generously contributed to this fund.
Many organizations in our community are struggling. They have had to close their doors or drastically alter the way they serve the community. Many have had to cancel fundraising activities or refund membership fees. Their continued survival or their ability to provide the same or higher levels of service is in jeopardy.
Since launching the Sunshine Coast COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund in mid-April 2020, the Sunshine Coast Foundation has awarded the following grants to local organizations dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions.
The total awarded so far is more than $140,000. The Foundation is processing applications to this fund and making new grant awards weekly. Check back often to see the latest grant recipients.
Sunshine Coast Foundation is very grateful to the Rotary Club of Gibsons, the Vancouver Foundation, the District of Sechelt’s Community Forest Legacy Fund, and dozens of individual donors for helping to make these grants possible.
Please contact the Foundation if you are interested in making a contribution to this fund.