The Yellowknife Community Foundation and United Way NWT are distributing approximately $300,000 in federal funding to local charities, non-profits, and municipalities.
The money is designed to support people in vulnerable situations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications opened on May 19 and the organizations hope to provide money to charities as quickly as possible.
The money comes from a federal $350-million emergency community support fund announced on April 21.
Charities can apply through the Yellowknife Community Foundation (scroll to the bottom for the application link), while both charities and municipalities can apply through United Way NWT (application form at foot of page).
A spokesperson for United Way NWT said organizations can apply for funding from both as long as the activities the money will support are different.
The foundation and United Way NWT will collaborate to ensure needs across the NWT are being met.
The Government of Canada said organizations doing things like supporting volunteer-based grocery deliveries, helping people access government benefits, transitioning in-person contact to virtual contact, and providing training and supplies to volunteers could apply for the funding.
“This vast national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by Covid-19,” said the community foundation in a news release.
The Yellowknife Community Foundation’s president, Robin Greig, said: “Local charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now. This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts.”
Applications for the Yellowknife Community Foundation’s share of the funding must be submitted by July 27 for activities taking place between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
Applications for United Way NWT’s share must be submitted by May 29. United Way NWT said it was “looking to meet the needs expressed under the New Horizons program and the still-active Together We Are Strong initiative.”
Together We Are Strong is a separately launched campaign to raise money for community groups supporting people left vulnerable by the pandemic, also run in partnership with the Yellowknife Community Foundation.
Earlier this spring, the Yellowknife Community Foundation announced it was doubling the number of scholarships handed out in 2020. The group has also established a resilient communities fund to finance community recovery projects.
Correction: May 21, 2020 – 8:33 MT. This article initially reported that the foundation and United Way shared the same deadline for applications. In fact, while the foundation’s deadline is July 27, United Way’s deadline is May 29.