Media Release – June 12, 2020
Innisfil, ON – Innisfil Community Foundation (ICF) has announced a total of $51,500 grants into the Innisfil community, as the inaugural COVID-19 Relief Grant program wraps up. The final grant recipients include Youth Haven, Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation, CONTACT Community Services and Shine Through the Rain Foundation.
When COVID-19 hit Ontario in March 2020, the ICF Board of Directors knew that they needed to shift priorities quickly to help the Innisfil community through the uncertain early days of the pandemic. Former plans were tossed aside, and a COVID-19 Relief Grant was quickly developed to aid local charities.
“We always planned for the Innisfil Community Foundation to adapt to the community’s needs, but we didn’t expect to have to pivot before we even started,” says Sandra Rizzardo, Chair of the Innisfil Community Foundation Board of Directors. “If there’s one thing that COVID-19 has taught us, it’s that this approach has served us very well in being flexible and responsive to community needs.”
The latest round of grants will help the Innisfil community in the following ways:
- Youth Haven will use the funds for cleaning supplies, protective equipment, and food to help care for young people experiencing homelessness, including young Innisfil residents under the organization’s care;
- Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation will use the funds to purchase a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) for their healthcare professionals on the front line of COVID-19. With close to 3,000 visits from Innisfil residents each year, the PAPR will help protect both staff and patients;
- CONTACT Community Services will utilize their grant to provide ‘top-up’ funding to help those members of the community who are not eligible for other relief programs, but who still require assistance to avoid homelessness; and
- Shine Through the Rain Foundation will use the funding to help local families diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses pay for housing and utilities.
A total of 11 charities serving the Innisfil community have received funds from ICF since the COVID-19 Relief Grant program was announced in April.
“It has been so inspiring to see the amazing work that is being done to help people in our community,” says Rizzardo. “We know that there is still a great need for funding. As one door closes, another one opens. We can’t wait to share another exciting announcement about the next round of community grants!”
As a member of the Community Foundations of Canada network, ICF has been approved for federal funding through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. The full funding announcement, including application details, will be released early next week.