Government has taken steps to enable non-profit groups to respond to the pandemic and help those in need.
After reviewing applications from across the province for the emergency social services funding announced in April, government will provide $30 million to more than 460 successful applicants to support their responses to COVID-19.
Food banks across Alberta are being provided $5 million in funding to help them feed vulnerable populations.
“Our daily routines and many things we take for granted have had to change, but together Albertans are meeting the challenges of the pandemic. Emergency social services funds are helping communities do more to support vulnerable Albertans.”Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services
“Alberta seniors have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – they are dealing with social isolation and trying to find new ways to manage everyday tasks while staying safe. Our government is ensuring senior-serving non-profit organizations receive emergency funding to help our most vulnerable and ensure they have the supports they need.”Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing
Successful grant recipients provide services to address the social well-being of those most affected by COVID-19, including seniors, Albertans struggling with access to food and other vulnerable groups. Some projects are underway and grant agreements are being finalized with organizations that have been recently notified they are receiving funding.
“It is a challenging time for many Albertans, especially those who struggle to access basic necessities. We are grateful for the Government of Alberta’s support at this time. It allows those of us working in the social sector to connect vulnerable members of our community to essential supports and services. By collaborating with our C5 partner agencies, we are able to create cost efficiencies and maximize the dollars going directly to children, youth and families.”Meghan Klein, executive director, EMCN Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
C5 is a partnership among five Edmonton agencies that provides social supports to a variety of Albertans, including indigenous, newcomers and services for families and children.
More information about government’s response to COVID-19 can be found at Alberta.ca/COVID19.