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YMCA one of the local groups to benefit from Community Foundation awards

More than $60,000 in grants through the Emergency Community Support Fund handed out in North Bay
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The North Bay and Area Community Foundation awarded $61,174.52 amount in grants to three local charities.

The announcement came earlier this week.  

The YMCA, PADDLE, The Symphony Society and the Algonquin Nursing Home will be receiving funding to support their efforts in serving vulnerable populations in the face of COVID-19. The grants announced today are part of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), funded by the Government of Canada. 

The ECSF is a $350 million fund that is being implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada, in partnership with local foundations across the country. Its goal is to provide support to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable Canadians.  

“The YMCA is thrilled to receive funding support from the North Bay and Area Community Foundation for our Mobile Y which will focus on Digital Inclusion and Social Connections (DISC) for seniors in North Bay," stated Nicole Beattie, Vice President Philanthropy, Marketing and Communications in a release. 

"This project will be work in partnership with The Village at Canadore College, the Alzheimer’s Society as well as Living Fit, to support the seniors in our community whom we know are keen to stay connected but can be limited by their knowledge and access to digital tools. The project promises to greatly assist seniors with social connection, which is critical to support mental health and quality of life and we see this as outreach that will be required well beyond the pandemic.  We are working closely with our local health unit on new health and safety protocols and look forward to starting our first pilot group next month." 

In our area, eligible organizations can still apply for grants of up to $40,000 until July 27.

For a full list of grants awarded through Community Foundations of Canada’s network, visit the CFC website