The Canadian Centre for Christian Charities (CCCC) asked its members in a recent blog: “Did you know that BC’s Recovery and Resiliency Fund for non-profits will launch in June 2022?”
That should apply to Christian ministries and churches, though the provincial government states that application criteria and guidelines aren’t yet finalized.
The CCCC said:
BC Budget 2022 provides $30 million of the funds, with the remaining $4 million from Vancouver Foundation. The funds will be administered by the Vancouver Foundation and United Way British Columbia. New Relationship Trust will administer at least $5 million of the fund specifically for Indigenous communities.
The fund provides “multi-year, unrestricted grants” to address both “short- and long-term needs” that provide flexibility for organizations and resources could be used for projects including capacity building, digital infrastructure, staff training and retention.
A release from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction stated:
A new $34 million fund for non-profit groups in British Columbia will provide much-needed support for organizations that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to struggle during recovery. . . .
The non-profit sector contributes $6.7 billion to the provincial economy and employs more than 86,000 British Columbians at approximately 29,000 non-profit organizations throughout the province.
“Our government recognizes the important work non-profits do in building strength and resilience in our communities, which is why we have created a Recovery and Resiliency Fund,” said Niki Sharma, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits.
“They have been there for British Columbians during the challenges of the past year, and we will be there for them through economic recovery.”
A 2021 Vantage Point survey noted that due to the pandemic, 48% of non-profit organizations have experienced challenges such as reduced revenue, higher operating costs to deliver services, an increased demand for services and a decline in volunteers and limited financial reserves to bridge through COVID-19 impacts or to invest in technological infrastructure for a virtual transition.
The focus of the new fund is to support organizations whose staff, volunteers, programs and operations have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Funding will fill crucial gaps not covered by other funding sources, such as gaming grants, with a focus on building organizational resilience.