In November 2020, the Town learned we would receive $1.512 million under the COVID-19 Safe Restart program, which is jointly funded by the provincial and federal governments.
The funding was provided to enable local governments to continue to provide services during the pandemic, with potential fund uses clearly outlined in the initial grant document.
In December 2020, Council approved spending $382,000 of the COVID-19 Safe Restart funds for short-term costs related to the pandemic. These included computers and IT such as software, connectivity improvements and new computers, which better enable staff to work from home.
COVID-19 Safe Restart Community Grant
In January 2021, Council initiated a program to distribute some of the COVID-19 Safe Restart Funds to community organizations.
Funds from the Safe Restart Grant may be granted to local non-profit organizations to assist with COVID-related shortfalls, particularly those centred on providing assistance to vulnerable populations.
On January 19, 2021, staff reported to Council on a proposed approach for administering the Community COVID-19 Relief Fund. Read the related Staff Report 2021-Jan-19 here.
Under this approach, a total of $25,000 in grant funding will available to eligible organizations, with awards limited to $1000 each.
The Community COVID-19 Relief Fund will operate much like the Town’s Grants of Assistance program, with organizations self-identifying eligible expenses and submitting an application for consideration.
Staff will administer the program and will contact all applicants once the award decisions have been made.
Eligible applicants include not-for-profit and other organizations that have incurred COVID-19 related costs, while providing services to vulnerable members of our community during 2020 or 2021.
This funding program is a one-time initiative that will only be available in 2021.
If you have identified COVID-19 related costs that your organization incurred in order to provide services to vulnerable persons in our community, please complete this “fillable” application form and submit by email to email@example.com. As this is an open intake grant process, applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.
To download and print an regular pdf version of the application form (for example, to fill in by hand), please click here.
Questions may be directed to the Council member who liases with your organization, or to the Town’s Finance Department, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 604.886.2274.