Today, Yellowknife Community Foundation is pleased to announce $471,250 in funding to support nine projects across the Northwest Territories through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million to help community service organizations (charities, non-profits, Indigenous governing bodies) adapt, modernize and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility and sustainability of the community services that they provide through the pandemic recovery and beyond.
The following projects are being supported across the Northwest Territories:
- $40,000 was invested to fund AVENS – A Community for Seniors to enable a broad delivery of food to seniors across Yellowknife through a meal delivery service;
- $41,700 was invested to fund Tulita Gardening Society to reduce physical labor and update agriculture procedures to increase efficiency and produce yield;
- $37,568 was invested to fund Western Arctic Moving Pictures to create a streamlined, organized, and a functional digital presence to better serve their audience;
- $74,900 was invested to fund Ecology North to complete the redevelopment of policies and procedures, expand professional development opportunities for staff and re-engage outreach across the north;
- $10,000 was invested to fund Yellowknife Seniors Society to enhance the website to accommodate on-line financial transactions and establish an information Navigator;
- $50,000 was invested to fund Inuvialuit Regional Corporation to provide efficient IT support services to IRC and its remote employees;
- $21,000 was invested to fund Mackenzie Recreation Association to create procedures and processes to ensure they have sustainability and stability in the future as it goes through transitions and works to rebuild after COVID-19;
- $100,000 was invested to fund Northwest Territory Métis Nation (NWTMN) to identify the Nation’s economic goals and develop a governance structure to carry out business development activities;
- $96,082 was invested to fund Habitat for Humanity Northwest Territories to provide customized plans to onboard new staff, volunteers and Habitat partner families through development and redesign of organizational strategies.
Community service organizations are at the forefront of addressing communities’ needs. Since the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have struggled with increased demand for their services, reduced revenues, declines in charitable giving due to the rising cost of living, and a greater need to make use of digital tools. Many organizations are struggling to recover and adapt their services to the changing needs of the Northwest Territories.
“Community supports community, and the Yellowknife Community Foundation is grateful to be just one step on the path as these resilient community-led organizations continue to rebuild after the pandemic and deliver much needed services to the Northwest Territories.”
– Sophie Kirby, Executive Director, Yellowknife Community Foundation
“Community service organizations are at the heart of communities across the Northwest Territories, creating a sense of belonging from coast to coast to coast. The Community Services Recovery Fund will enable organizations like those listed that serve our diverse communities to adapt and modernize their programs and services and to invest in the future of their organizations, staff and volunteers. Together, we can rebuild from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more just and equitable future for those in the Northwest Territories.”
– Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
- The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery.
- Now more than ever, community service organizations play a key role in addressing complex social problems faced by many communities across Canada.
- From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, community service organizations across Canada have shown impressive stamina and creativity in their response to the diverse and increasingly challenging needs of their communities.
- The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what community service organizations need right now and supports them as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.
- As community service organizations across Canada work to support recovery in their communities, the CSRF will help them adapt and modernize their operations to grow their impact.
- The Government of Canada is delivering the CSRF through three National Funders (Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada). The National Funders are distributing funding to eligible community service organizations, including charities, non-profits, and Indigenous governing bodies, providing services in communities across Canada.
- The Government of Canada supports a more inclusive model of economic growth, one that creates opportunities for everyone in Canada, as the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Sophie Kirby, Executive Director, Yellowknife Community Foundation