Many organizations in our community are struggling. They have had to close their doors or drastically alter the way they serve the community. Many have had to cancel fundraising activities or refund membership fees. Their continued survival or their ability to provide the same or higher levels of service is in jeopardy.

Since launching the Sunshine Coast COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund in mid-April 2020, the Sunshine Coast Foundation has awarded the following grants to local organizations dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions:

BC SPCA Sunshine Coast Branch $5,000                                                                             

Pender Harbour Seniors Housing Society $3,600                                                                 

Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living $5,000

Arrowhead Clubhouse Society $5,000

Gibsons Marine Education Centre Society $5,000

Sunshine Coast Community Services Society $5,000

Vaucroft Improvement District (Thormanby Island) $500

Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre Society $5,000

Pender Harbour Pentecostal Church $3,641

Sunshine Coast Hospice Society $5,000

Sunshine Coast Marine Rescue Society (RCMSAR Station 12 Halfmoon Bay) $3,500

Sunshine Coast Army Cadets Support Association $3,000

Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch $5,000

Roberts Creek Childcare Society (for One Straw Society) $5,000

Gibsons Heritage Landing Society $5,000

Starlight Children's Foundation Canada $4,280

Pender Harbour Community Improvement Foundation (for Royal Canadian Legion #112) $2,500

Gibsons Family Network Sunshine Shack $1,500

Gibsons Public Art Gallery $5,000

Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre Society $4,795

Sunshine Coast Driftwood Players Society $3,000

Sechelt Public Library Association $5,000

The Sunshine Coast Dance Society $2,500

Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue Association  $800.00

Pender Harbour & District Health Centre Society $5,000.00

Pender Harbour & District Health Centre Auxiliary Society $3,765.79

Sunshine Coast Community Services Society $5,000.00

Sunshine Coast Comunity Orchestra Association $5,000.00

Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society $1,108.00

Canadian Council for the Blind BC-Yukon Division for Sunshine Coast White Cane Chapter $750.00

Special Olympics British Columbia for Special Olympics BC Sunshine Coast $3,000.00

Pender Harbour Reading Centre Society $693.83

Sunshine Coast Hospice Society $5,000.00

The total awarded so far is more than $119,000. The Foundation is processing applications to this fund and making new grant awards weekly. Check back often to see the latest grant recipients.

Sunshine Coast Community Foundation is very grateful to the Rotary Club of Gibsons, the Vancouver Foundation, the District of Sechelt's Community Forest Legacy Fund, and dozens of individual donors for helping to make these grants possible.

Please contact the Foundation if you are interested in making a contribution to this fund.