Oct 15, 2021

COVID Relief Grant-In-Aid Program

At the June 7 meeting, from the fifteen applications received, Council approved eleven applications for COVID relief grant-in-aid. Council agreed a minimum of 50% of constituents should reside in Parksville to receive the full amount requested. A total of $130,160.19 was allocated from the COVID relief fund.

About the COVID Relief Grant-In-Aid Program
The City of Parksville offered a one-time COVID relief funding initiative to support non-profit groups providing social, cultural and community support services located in Parksville or serving Parksville residents. At the February 17, 2021, meeting, Council unanimously approved funding of $280,000 for the COVID Relief Grant-in-Aid program.

If all of the $280,000 was not allocated, there may be a second intake in the fall. According to the City’s grant-in-aid policy, a select committee reviewed each application and made recommendations to Council as to whether grants should be approved. Submission details are outlined in the policy.

The COVID Relief Grant-in-Aid program is for registered non-profit groups providing social, cultural and community support services. Groups must be located in Parksville or serving Parksville residents.

Non-profit groups may be eligible for reimbursement of COVID related expenses incurred since March 2020. Examples of expenses include:

  • Costs to obtain personal protective equipment
  • Enhanced cleaning/ sanitization costs
  • Costs to adapt programming or services during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • COVID related losses in regular revenue due to the inability to hold annual and ongoing fundraising events
  • Barriers, installation or modifications to ensure physical distancing and COVID safety.
Please note, wage and utility costs are not eligible, as these costs are offset by senior government programs.

Questions about this program should be emailed to: aweeks@parksville.ca
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