Brant Community Foundation announced funding to support 13 organizations in Brantford, Brant County, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund on Friday, August 18, 2023.
The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million by the Government of Canada to help community service organizations (charities, non-profits, Indigenous governing bodies) adapt, modernize, and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the community services that they provide through the pandemic recovery and beyond. Community Foundations across Canada were responsible for funding the “Investing in Systems and Processes” Grant Stream.
“The Community Services Recovery Fund was an extraordinary investment in the future of organizations across Brant County communities. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s foresight, our community will be better served through important infrastructure improvements,” said Anne Marie Peirce, Executive Director of Brant Community Foundation.
Brant Community Foundation will be providing a total of $442,000 to the following projects across Brant County Communities:
- Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton received $32,250 for the project “Systems Modernization for a Flexible Workplace.”
- Brant County SPCA received $54,140 for the project “Post-Pandemic Financial Development.”
- Brantford & District Supervised Access received $10,000 for the project “Modernizing our Communications and Technology.”
- Canadian Mental Health Association, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Branch received $10,000 for the project “Investment in equipment, IT/digital infrastructure.”
- Crossing All Bridges Learning Centre received $15,835 for the project “Digital Software and Marketing Initiative.”
- Hearts to Homes Feline Rescue & Sanctuary received $33,900 for the project “Shelter & Donor Management Software Implementation.”
- Hotinohsioni INC / Brantford Native Housing received $55,489 for the project “Brantford Native Housing’s Communication and Cultural Marketing Enhancements.”
- Kids Can Fly received $35,470 for the project “KCF Capacity Building Project.”
- Lansdowne Children’s Centre Foundation received $39,041 for the project “Strategy to Advance Plans to Ensure Kids Don’t Wait.”
- Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation received $45,000 for the project “Digitization of Documents and Artifacts.”
- Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services received $50,000 for the project “Strengthening from Within.”
- The Raw Carrot Soup Enterprise received $36,750 for the project “Investment in New Product Development to Increase Financial Sustainability.”
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul received $24,125 for the project “Cybersecurity Preparedness Project.”
Community service organizations are at the forefront of addressing communities’ needs. Since the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have struggled with increased demand for their services, reduced revenues, declines in charitable giving due to the rising cost of living, and a greater need to make use of digital tools. Many organizations are struggling to recover and adapt their services to the changing needs of Brant.
“Community service organizations are at the heart of communities like Brant County, creating a sense of belonging from coast to coast to coast. The Community Services Recovery Fund will enable organizations that serve our diverse communities to adapt and modernize their programs and services and to invest in the future of their organizations, staff, and volunteers. Together, we can rebuild from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more just and equitable future for those in Brant County,” said Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development