Thunder Bay COVID-19 Community Relief Fund Helps Local Charities

The Emergency Community Support Fund, a partnership of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and the United Way of Thunder Bay, has provided over $1.3M in grants to date to organizations around the city. In the first round of funding, over 20 local charities received funding for various projects that ranged from food security programs to building/technology upgrades.

Grace Place Thunder Bay was one of the many local charities that received a grant of $11,983.50 through the Emergency Community Support Fund.

With increased COVID-19 barriers in place, they can move back to indoor serving with increased safety. They have also been able to offer those in our community a Day Shelter. With the added funding, Grace Place has been able to offer 3 meals 4x a week for clients. During this time, clients can access a hot shower, a free haircut, and a mat to sleep during the day.

In October 2020, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation announced a second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund. A total of $318,533 is being distributed through the second round to support organizations in Thunder Bay and the district areas.

Charities and non-profit organizations have been providing essential services and programs since the pandemic was first declared. This emergency support for their work is vital, as is longer-term support so they can be around to help see our communities through the recovery from COVID-19.