United Way has more cash to give from Emergency Community Support Fund

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The United Way Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo is once again looking for regional organizations in need of assistance from the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

This is the second round of funding that is part of the $350 million invested by the federal government through Employment and Services Canada.

Three groups were chosen by the federal government to distribute the funding across Canada: the United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian Red Cross.

Round one of the funding saw $620,000 allocated to the local region, while round two is decidedly less, at $169,657,

Kristi Rintoul, the United Way’s senior manager of community impact, said the two rounds of funding were always part of the government’s plan.

“The question is, why is there still money left?” she said. “The government cut back a portion of the ECSF to give it the flexibility to adjust to evolving needs and to cover any gaps from the first round.”

A total of 44 organizations from the region received money from the United Way during the first round.

Applications for round two are open and will remain so until Oct. 30. Organizations interested in applying for funding can do so by clicking here.

Funding should then be received by the end of November, a quick turnaround during a time that has proven a financial strain for many.

Rintoul wants to make sure organizations know that even if they received funding during the first round, they can still apply again for round two if there remains a need.

The final decisions about which organizations will receive funding is made by a council composed of people from the various communities in the Thompson -Nicola-Cariboo region. It’s generally made up of United Way volunteers, members of the board and donors.

Council members serve a two-year term, but they meet only a few times a year. Rintoul said it provides an “incredible opportunity” for members to learn about all the agencies in their communities that they might not realize exist.

Those with questions about the funding can email Rintoul at kristi@unitedwaytnc.ca.

Todd Sullivan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week