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$200,000 distributed to charities supporting COVID-19 response

The Yellowknife Community Foundation announced today that it has facilitated the distribution of $200,000 to eight different organizations supporting vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Yellowknife Community Foundation was among some 150 local community foundations across Canada that joined in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross to support distribution of grants from the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

Robin Greig, President of the Yellowknife Community Foundation – “The Foundation was very pleased to be able to support eight projects from the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk’s food kits for families project through to Food Rescue in Yellowknife who were able to access new equipment through the program.    

In combination with the doubling of our scholarship awards, our partnership with the United Way NWT called ‘Together, We are Strong campaign which raised over $150,000 for 20 projects from around the Territory and the establishment of the new Resilient Communities Fund, the Foundation has had an active year working with its donors and supporters to help our community and the NWT in these challenging times.”

“At Community Foundations of Canada, our purpose to “relentlessly pursue a future where everyone belongs” has never felt more important than it does right now,” said Andrea Dicks, Community Foundations of Canada President. “We’re grateful for the leadership of local community foundations like the Yellowknife Community Foundation, who have been at the forefront of local response efforts since the pandemic was declared. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s contribution, our network will be able to unlock even more local impact for organizations serving vulnerable groups, helping us set the stage for more inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities.” 

The full list of projects funded by the Government of Canada through the ECSF are listed on Attachment ‘A’. 

The Yellowknife Community Foundation was formed in 1993 to provide interested individuals and organizations with a means of supporting projects in our community for the enduring future. The Foundation is not singularly dedicated to any specific area of support. It embodies a simple concept – that people working together can make a difference.

The Emergency Community Support Fund Yellowknife Community Foundation supported projects.

Funded by the Government of Canada.

OrganizationAmount AwardedProject Funded
Food Rescue$5000Storage freezer, winter tires for delivery van, garage modifications to allow access for new van
YWCA$46,200Purchase of food/meat, toiletries, and cleaning supplies
Tides Canada (Northern Youth Leadership)$20,000Wilderness program for at risk youth
Let’s Talk Science – Horizons Canada$825Science based educational materials for youth in grades 4-6. Materials distributed through NWT Food Banks
Avens$40,000Purchasing of PPE for Avens Care Facility
Yellowknife Women’s Society$16,800Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk$35,588Food kits for 200 families
Salvation Army$35,588Supplies, clothing, client assistance, food, medication, etc.
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