Lincoln offers COVID support to community groups

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Until June 1, the Town of Lincoln is offering a one-time COVID relief fund for social service agencies, community groups and organizations that directly offer sport, recreation or culture programs and services to Lincoln residents.

The COVID-19 relief fund aims to help groups who are experiencing financial setbacks due to lower registration numbers and/or reduced participant capacity, costs associated with personal protective equipment and reduced ability to fund-raise.

“We (the town Lincoln) are very supportive of new initiatives and recreation and community programs within the community and really want to support our community groups and different things that they're able to provide for our community,” said Lori Laird, recreation co-ordinator for the Town of Lincoln.

The one-time payment of $750 is not available to those who have received funding from Lincoln’s Grow, Prosper, Belong Fund.

Typically, the Grow, Prosper, Belong Fund is how the Town of Lincoln supports its social services and groups, by covering up to 50 per cent of total cost of individual events or projects when applied for.

Laird said the payment is limited to $750 because unlike the Grow, Prosper, Belong Fund, groups can apply without needing to host an event or have a specific project. Instead, this fund is meant to offer temporary relief.

“We're aware that a lot of these groups are having some financial challenges along with COVID-19, so this fund is hopefully able to alleviate some of that pressure,” she said.

She said that as of right now, the town has no plans to extend the program past June 1, as this fund has not been designed to be a long-term solution.

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Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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