Responding to COVID-19—Grants to include Emergency Response

In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation is developing ways to help combat and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

These are challenging times as we navigate how best to respond in order to keep our residents safe. For applications coming in for our Annual Foundation Grant, and Neighbourhood Small Grants:

  • The Annual Foundation Grant applications will be accepted (with extended deadline) until April 15th. During the COVID-19 health crisis, we will also consider emergency response projects.
  • The Neighbourhood Small Grants applications are open to be received until April 30th. These are unique social re-adjustment moments and we are open to all ideas from the community. We are listening—and can help even if the idea doesn’t conform to NSG rules. The program will accept more than one application from anyone who is supporting a COVID-19 caused need, whether it be virtual endeavours or neighbour assistance programs. We will extend the dollar amount requested up to $500 if needed per application.

Ideas for Emergency Response Projects

During this time, we will especially consider applications with projects that improve the capacity of homelessness service providers. This would include things like:

  • securing additional accommodation to reduce overcrowding in shelters;
  • purchasing supplies and materials to reduce the risk of transmission, such as personal protective equipment for staff;
  • increasing the frequency of cleaning with disinfectants in high traffic areas;
  • securing sufficient accommodation to quarantine individuals infected;
  • purchasing beds and physical barriers to place between beds in newly purposed facilities; and
  • staff hours to operate these new facilities.

We are With You!

Please know that the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation is with you during these challenging and uncertain times. We are here to assist the communities of District 69 in any way possible to ease the isolation of our residents, both the the most senior population and our youth. Our role and our mandate as a community Foundation is to grant funds to the widest possible range of initiatives in order to meet the needs of our communities.  

We are taking proactive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For the coming days all in-person meetings, gatherings, or travel will be postponed, cancelled or reorganize as virtual meetings. This includes any site visits to your agency. We will review this policy when necessary and on an ongoing basis.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us: marybpqf@gmail.com  

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