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Community Foundation Grey Bruce is pleased to announce $532,000 in funding to support 10 projects in Grey and Bruce counties 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 charities, non-profits and 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.

Support provided to projects in Grey Bruce included:

• $38,880 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grey and Bruce for foundational system adaptations for long-term organizational health.
• $98,500 to Chippewas of Nawash Unceeded First Nation to develop a Violent Threat Risk Assessment Team
• $59,908 to Community Living Kincardine & District to implement a Marketing and Communications Plan
• $15,340 to the Georgian Bay Symphony to update their Donor Management System
• $78,495 to Home & Community Support Services Grey-Bruce to connect community through a Fundraising and Marketing Plan
• $99,094 to the Owen Sound Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation for their Envisioning Quality Unified Active Tenant Engagement (EQUATE) project
• $21,236 to The Owen Sound and District Market Vendors Association to upgrade digital, audio, visual, and security projects
• $33,000 to Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce for capacity-building to make inclusion a Grey Bruce priority
• $45,780 to the the Wiarton Propeller Club to create a Strategic, Fundraising and Communication/Governance Plan
• $46,547 to the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce to modernize their business computer infrastructure, improving productivity, security & service

"Community service organizations are at the forefront of addressing communities’ needs," read a recent media release from the Community Foundation Grey Bruce. "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."

The release went on to say that many organizations are struggling to recover and adapt their services to the changing needs in the region.

Stuart Reid, Executive Director of Community Foundation Grey Bruce said, "Support from the Recovery Fund is landing at a critical time for organizations in Grey Bruce. The pandemic has forced community service organizations into new ways of doing their work at a time when their services are facing demands like never
before. Our Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to participate in disseminating support from this Fund."