The Comox Valley Regional District will be providing financial assistance to a range of community organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 31, the Comox Valley Regional District’s board of directors agreed to provide a total of $148,279 in funding to provide food security for marginalized populations.
Among the organizations to receive money include the Comox Valley Community Foundation, the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness and the Community Health Network.
“Providing funds to those groups that are on the ground delivering essential support to our marginalized populations is absolutely critical in the effort to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 in our community,” Jesse Ketler, chair of the Comox Valley Regional District, said in a press release.
Additionally, the CVRD has approved $55,100 in grant funding to a dozen non-profit organizations within the district’s electoral areas, including the Denman Community Land Trust Association, Union Bay Community Club and Recreation Association, Fanny Bay Seniors Society, Hornby Island Daycare Society, Royston Community Club and Recreation Commission and Ships Point Volunteer Firefighters Association.
“Grant funding for Hornby Island will allow the local Soup Kitchen to install a sanitizer/dishwasher, ensuring the health and safety of patrons as they continue to serve takeout during this pandemic. Funding for the Union Bay Community Club will also support important upgrades to their kitchen to respond in the face of this new public health reality,” Daniel Arbour, director for Area A, said in a press release.