Powell River Community Response Fund


First Credit Union, Powell River & District United Way and Powell River Community Foundation, with support from the Regional Social Planner (representing the City of Powell River, qathet Regional District, and Tla’amin Nation) have launched the Community Response Fund (CRF) to support our community through the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the CRF is to support local community service charities and not-for-profits meeting the urgent needs of vulnerable individuals and families affected by COVID-19.

Granting Priority Areas

The CRF will support local charities and not-for-profits providing services to vulnerable people affected by the pandemic. Services may include (but not limited to): food security; financial wellness; health and hygiene; home care or personal support services; information and navigation; legal supports; mental health and wellness; shelter; safety; social inclusion and learning, and transportation.

How Grants Are Awarded

The CRF partners have set up an Advisory Committee to assess funding requests and make final awards. The Committee is made up of volunteers with collective and complementary knowledge and dedication to ensure funding goes where it is needed most. Based on the nature of the funding request, we draw on the appropriate expertise of the Committee Advisors to make granting decisions that respond best to community need.

Over $116,000 has already been awarded in the community:

  • The Canadian Council of the Blind (PR Chapter) ($750)
  • Inclusion Powell River Society ($1,000)
  • PR Brain Injury Society ($2,500)
  • PR Open Air Farmer's Market ($5,000)
  • PR Miklat Recovery House Society ($10,000)
  • The Source Club Society ($25,000)
  • PR Community Services Association ($17,123)
  • Texada Food Bank ($1,000)
  • Lift - Community Food Box ($10,000)
  • Lift – Family Place ($12,000)

How To Make a Donation

The CRF accepts contributions by government, corporate or non-profit organizations, and individuals. If you’d like to play a part in supporting community through this crisis, you can donate on the Powell River Community Foundation website or by mailing a cheque to: Powell River Community Foundation, PO Box 335, Powell River, BC, V8A 5C2 (please indicate that you would like this contribution to go towards the Community Support Fund.)

Grant applications will be assessed in multiple intakes. Intake 1 closed on June 12, 2020 and resulted in over $60,000 of funding committed to the community!

The deadline for intake 4 of funding is 5pm, August 14th, 2020.

Apply here.

For More Information

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If you have any questions, contact us at communityresponsefund@firstcu.ca.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada

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