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Campbell River Community Foundation delivers $383,762 in funding to 11 community service organizations through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund

September 28, 2023

September 18th, 2023

The Campbell River Community Foundation is pleased to announce the delivery of $383,762 in funding to support 11 projects in Campbell River and the North Island through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million in community service organizations (charities, non-profits, Indigenous governing bodies) to help them adapt, modernize, and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the services that they provide to their community through the pandemic recovery and beyond.  This funding helps ensure organizations are resilient from the inside out.

The following projects are being supported in Campbell River:

* $54,643.00 was invested in the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society on behalf of the Campbell River Coalition to End Homelessness to modernize and create resiliency through capacity building to better respond to the increased demands in the sector.

* $24,400 was invested in The Campbell River and District Food Bank Society to purchase technology and expand services.

* $14,376 was invested in The John Howard Society to upgrade technology systems for more flexible operations.

* $42,783 was invested in The Campbell River Art Gallery to conduct a comprehensive strategic planning process and policy review to stabilize operations, build capacity, and create a solid governance foundation.

* $20,000 was invested in The Museum at Campbell River to implement a new accounting and inventory management system and communication plan for the Museum Shop.

* $20,380 was invested in the Mental Health Recovery Partners North Island to adapt and pivot services to better serve those affected by mental health in the pandemic.

* $10,754 was invested in Opportunities Career Services Society to expand and combine services.

* $24,369 was invested to fund Willow Point Lions Club to update systems and technology for better access.

The following project is being supported in Port McNeill:

* $58,762 was invested to fund Marine Education and Research Society to modernize their website and contact management system and provide online communications to better effect marine conservation and more efficiently raise funds for programs.

The following project is being supported in Alert Bay:

* $100,000 was invested to fund Whe-La-La-U Society to embark a comprehensive community consultation and strategic planning process to develop a dynamic and inclusive direction for their community.  

The following project is being supported in Sointula:

* $13,295 was invested to fund Sointula Museum and Historical Society to support a digital transformation through upgraded IT/digital infrastructure that will expand online presence and programming and create more interactive methods of engagement.

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, but 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 their community. 

For more information, visit the Community Services Recovery Fund website.  For more information on the Campbell River Community Foundation, you can visit our website or contact us at 


“We are honoured to deliver the Community Services Recovery Fund to these organizations in Campbell River and on the North Island. While we typically only serve Campbell River for our annual Community Grants, we recognize that our community can be a resource for the North Island, so we applied to Community Foundations of Canada to deliver this special, one-time funding opportunity to the greater region. All together, we received over $775,000 of applications and our review committee, comprised of community members representing Campbell River and the North Island, had to make hard decisions about which organizations would be receiving funding.  The CSRF criteria indicated that this funding was for projects between $10k and $100k. This funding helps ensure organizations serving our population are resilient and sustainable from the inside out, so they can continue to provide services to those who need them no matter what external environmental factors may arise.

– Michaela Arruda, Executive Director, Campbell River Community Foundation

“Community service organizations are at the heart of communities like Campbell River and the North Island, creating a sense of belonging from coast to coast to coast. The Community Services Recovery Fund will enable the 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 Campbell River and the North Island.”

– Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development 

Quick Facts:

*From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, community service organizations across Canada have shown impressive stamina and creativity in their response to the diverse and increasingly challenging needs of their communities.

*The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what community service organizations need right now and supports them as they evolve out of the pandemic.

*As community service organizations across Canada work to support recovery in their communities, the CSRF will help them adapt and modernize their operations to grow their impact.

*The Government of Canada is delivering the CSRF through three National Funders (Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada). The National Funders are distributing funding to eligible community service organizations, including charities, non-profits, and Indigenous governing bodies, providing services in communities across Canada. 

*The Government of Canada supports a more inclusive model of economic growth, one that creates opportunities for everyone in Canada, as the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.  

Associated Links
Community Services Recovery Fund Website
About the Community Services Recovery Fund (ESDC)
Campbell River Community Foundation webpage

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