The District of Kitimat recently announced a new $500,000 grant available to nonprofits and community organizations in an effort to mitigate the economic of COVID-19 in the region. (File photo)

District of Kitimat creates $500,000 community resilience fund in response to COVID-19

Grants are intended to help establish easier access to services and opportunities for residents

The District of Kitimat has announced a new $500,000 grant available to nonprofits and community organizations in an effort to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19 in the region.

The Community Resilience fund, announced by the District earlier this month, will be available to nonprofits and community organizations which are entirely owned by either a nonprofit or church.

The District said that the intent of the grant is to offer these organizations funding which will go toward programs and projects that build community resiliency for the District’s most vulnerable throughout its response to the pandemic.

“The primary function is providing support to establish programs that may operate under the short-term funding of this program, and that remove barriers, and/or provide supplemental supports to ensure access to services and opportunities,” the wording of the official grant application reads.

“The fund is directed to providing funding agencies/groups for programs and services to support residents who are experiencing social, physical, and/or economic disadvantages.”

READ MORE: Kitimat receives $5.2 million from 2020 Northern Capital and Planning Grant

Approved grants will be administered by the Director of Leisure Services or delegate, with District administration able to approve funding for projects up to $50,000. In the event an application for over $50,000 in funding is received, it will be considered by Council for approval. Council will also review all grant requests for capital projects, or partnerships with the District of Kitimat.

Applications must provide a detailed explanation of how the funds will be used and how they will benefit vulnerable members of the community, as well as a detailed timeline (projects may extend over multiple years) for any projects they are proposing.

While grants will not be awarded to organizations looking for relief from regular municipal fees for things like facilities, equipment, personnel and capital construction, the District notes this policy is not intended to prevent groups from applying for a grant-in-aid for the purpose of offsetting normal fees, including fees incurred through the above sources.

Any grant funding must be used for projects held within the District of Kitimat and Kitamaat Village. The Community Resiliency Fund is a budget-dependent grant, meaning that it is subject to budget approval by Council prior to being approved for funding in subsequent years.
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