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Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce grant recipients supported through the

Emergency Community Support Fund

We are proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  in Surrey, White Rock and Langley City.

Launched on May 19, 2020, we’ve invested an additional] $1,559,198 through the ECSF towards local charities and qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis. We are pleased to announce the projects that the ECSF has supported.


Where relevant, we worked with other community foundations to co-fund applications.


Surrey - total granted out $1,370,350

GRANT RECIPIENTS announced to date

  • A Rocha Canada - $9,000 to increase food security and community belonging for under-served newcomers and seniors in Surrey, BC, through food literacy education and fresh vegetable donations provided in an accessible, community-oriented and culturally-sensitive way.

  • African Stages Association - $21,000 to  provide food, protective wear (face masks, gloves), and hygiene items (hand sanitizers) to underserved members of the African Descent community in Surrey.

  • Atira Women's Resource Society - $62,000 to cover costs associated with operating an outreach van to reach out and connect with women who are homeless and or at risk including providing snacks, harm reduction supplies, resource information, housing outreach, and referrals. $26,760 to provide outreach for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Women and Children, and women who are homeless in Surrey by offering one-to-one, need-based support.

  • Backpack Buddies - $42,800 to extend its weekly meal pack delivery to over 500 vulnerable children in Surrey reaching the children who need them most through their school and community partners. $22,937 to deliver its weekend meal program to nearly 600 vulnerable children in Surrey and Langley.

  • City Dream Centre - $66,593 to deliver 1000 food hampers to families from inner-city schools, other families in need and seniors without support in Surrey.

  • Cloverdale Community Kitchen - $30,400 to pay staff critical to continue running their meal programs, food bank and all that they do to help the homeless and vulnerable. $58,000 to Increase the capacity of their mobile meals program because of the growing demand from the vulnerable population during the pandemic.

  • Dan's Legacy - $75,000 to add a trauma-informed therapist to their team to help meet the increased demand for mental health support for at-risk youth, resulting from the COVID-19 health crisis. $12,845 to add a Social Worker to Dan’s Legacy’s team, which will provide support to the clients and the counselling team, freeing the therapists to focus on the increased demand for accessible trauma-informed counselling for youth at risk.

  • Diversecity Community Resources Society - $45,000 to provide food accessibility to immigrants and refugees who are experiencing food insecurity due to the impacts of COVID 19 through the provision of culturally responsive food hampers/groceries, grocery gift cards and volunteer-led grocery delivery for those who cannot leave their homes to buy food.

  • EDO Friends of BC - $10,300 to provide food and hygiene products, family and mental health counselling, as well as connection and stability to our Low Income, New Immigrant and Refugee Families in the Surrey area at this time of isolation and uncertainty.

  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver - $17,992 to provide enriched summer camp experiences for vulnerable children, including the homeless, children of prisoners, and children who have witnessed abuse.

  • Food Bank on Wheels - $7,420 to provide a safe environment for Single Parents, families, and those with disabilities to receive a perishable and non-perishable food hamper; delivered to their home.

  • Fraser Valley Foster Parents - $17,715 to support foster families in their region by providing practical support such as transportation support, relief, household services, minor physical repairs to the homes, meal support and counselling/coaching as required.

  • God's Gift Ministries - $17,000 to provide hot meals, fruits and vegetables, clothes, hygiene products, first-aid and secondary medical items to our Homeless community members in the Whalley area of Surrey.

  • Guildford Islamic Culture Center - $32,026 to provide hampers containing groceries and essential items to 300 seniors and newly landed immigrants in Surrey, who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Immigrant Services of BC - $12,470 to recruit two COVID-19 Community Navigators (CN) for three months to help reach-out to 40- 50 isolated and vulnerable newcomer mothers, including refugees. To help navigate Canadian systems and local communities’ including social services and school systems.

  • John Howard Society - $13,229 to provide ongoing emergency support to our service users who experience complex needs and face multiple barriers through the provision of shelter supplies, care packages, transportation tickets, as well as crucial emotional support for our frontline staff.

  • Kingdom Acts Foundation - $12,488 to help purchase enough supply of food kits to be distributed to families experiencing interrupted support services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Kinsmen Lodge - $21,000 to bring daily music to elders in long term care at Kinsmen Lodge while in lockdown due to Covid.

  • Lookout Housing Society - $15,688 to provide vulnerable immuno-compromised individuals with food hampers, PPE and COVID19 safety information.

  • Love Organization - $4,864 to provide the tools for multi-barrier youth in Surrey to maintain positive mental health, battle isolation, and explore and advocate for racial harmony and inclusion.

  • MOSAIC - $9,000 to support vulnerable families with children, seniors, and people with disabilities. A dietician, health navigators and settlement workers to assess and identify household nutritional needs, develop culturally safe and nutritious diet plans, purchase food and groceries, and deliver them.

  • Moving Forward Family Services - $34,000 to increase capacity to provide low to no fee, low barrier counselling services to marginalized and vulnerable populations through easily accessible spaces and in multiple languages.

  • Muslim Food Bank - $74,727 to provide essential food hampers targeting at-risk individuals, focusing on refugee families, vulnerable elderly and single-mothers. $45,000 to expand their Community Caseworker program to support community members with regular check-ins and other social support.

  • Nightshift Ministries - $55,000 to support their Mobile Outreach Unit which brings professional nursing and counselling, along with outreach services of food and clothing to people struggling with homelessness, poverty, addiction, and mental illness in the inner city of Surrey and surrounding neighbourhoods. $25,208 to provide a physically distanced daytime drop-in space for homeless and at-risk people in our the neighbourhood, with access to advocacy, online activity, education, social time, and support, through the cold winter months and beyond.

  • Options Community Services - $4,675 to provide essential supplies and activities for the Newborn Care Project to many families while access to normal services/programs are unavailable.

  • PICS - $32,883 to decrease Social Isolation with all residents at Harmony House by focusing on mental and social well-being; addressing the impact of social isolation, exacerbated by the pandemic, for immigrant women fleeing domestic violence.

  • Plea - $5,000 to provide workshops giving young people information and practical tools to learn how to keep themselves, and their friends safe from sexual exploitation.

  • Quest Outreach - $7,100 by providing food security in Surrey by recovering quality surplus food and redistributing it to vulnerable individuals and their families through Quest's not-for-profit grocery market.

  • Realistic Success Recovery Society - $11,132 to provide outreach to those on the street, in shelters, or incarcerated offering a way to change their lives and increase the connection to supportive recovery during COVID.

  • Rotary Club of Surrey - $5,000 to provide a weekend food program delivering two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners during the School year to children in need.

  • Semiahmoo Animal League (now Kindred Farm) - $10,500 to provide a program specifically for health care workers to remediate the traumatic effects of working through the Covid-19 health crisis.

  • Semiahmoo House Society - $13,380 to provide Mental Health & Wellness Services which include a registered family counsellor and life coach. To support people with disabilities (PWD) and their caregivers in having access to a registered family counsellor for counselling so they can access immediate, responsive, safe, confidential, knowledgeable crisis management during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Seniors Come Share Society - $32,112 to provide support to caregivers and their families by addressing the emotional and physical needs of caregivers and their families.

  • SOS Children's Village - $26,608 to support foster children, youth, and families accommodate the presence of COVID 19 in our communities and alleviate its negative impacts on their lives.

  • Sources Community Resource Centre - $29,220 to secure and equip a separate and centralized warehouse space for receiving, sanitizing, sorting, and distributing surplus food.

  • SuperChefs - $20,000 to provide online cooking camps, ingredients, cooking manuals and physical activity exercises to families at risk in the Surrey School District.

  • Sur-Del Easy Does It Club - $9,600 to provide use of facilities, warm food and some friendly talk about possibilities of Recovery to those who show up looking for some help or a friendly ear throughout the day.

  • Surrey Christmas Bureau - $40,000 to upgrade their registration system to an online platform, purchase and install physical barriers, sanitation stations and provide PPE such as masks and gloves to protect volunteers and clients.

  • Surrey Crime Prevention - $7,776 to purchase protective equipment and cover added transportation costs for the safety of volunteers and staff to ensure they can continue to deliver Surrey Crime Prevention programs.

  • Surrey Libraries - $23,697  to provide outreach library services to enable the vulnerable population to access online resources for covid-19, health needs, family, government forms, and employment.

  • Surrey North Delta Meals on Wheels  - $60,000 to provide meals to those in the community who are experiencing food security issues.

  • The Center for Children Development - $15,779 to implement and provide virtual therapy; this will assist over 3200 medically fragile children with special needs who are at heightened risk during COVID-19.

  • Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture - $30,176 to provide support to individuals and families that are already in recovery from trauma and torture of war, political violence and, refugee experience.

  • Volunteer Cancer Drivers - $10,000 to support their work in providing free, safe, reliable, compassionate transportation and peace of mind for cancer patients in Surrey who have no viable means of getting to their essential treatment.

  • Young Life - $3,250 to support the development and delivery of a COVID safe space for teens to come and have breakfast, receive homework help and community support from staff and volunteers.

  • YMCA of Greater Vancouver - $49,000 to support an early-intervention program for adults ages 30 and older who experience symptoms of anxiety to learn evidence-based strategies to increase their coping capacity and prevent anxiety symptoms from worsening over time.

  • YWCA Vancouver - $20,000 to provide single mothers’ support groups in Surrey offering diverse single mothers and their children access to essential services, information, resources and connections that are critical to their social, emotional and economic well-being, particularly during times of crisis. $13,380 to provide safe shelter and essential support for diverse single mothers and children living on low incomes in Surrey and Langley, including specialized support for survivors of violence


Langley City - total granted out $153,816


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley - $5,454 to provide school-based one-to-one and group mentoring supports and guidance to help navigate challenging life situations, overcome barriers, build confidence, and support educational engagement.

  • Coast Salish Arts & Cultural Society - $19,100 to support its Coast Salish Arts & Cultural Society Virtual Programs, which aims to expand the communicational reach of all indigenous people living within Coast Salish territories.

  • Encompass Support Services Society - $13,000 to expand their counselling services during COVID, so that vulnerable adults and seniors will have faster access to counselling needed and engagement with a local agency that can provide wrap-around support. $25,190 for Reducing Barriers for Mental Health Support for Children During COVID project. This funding would help in expanding their counselling services during the pandemic

  • Inclusion Langley Society - $7,000 to purchase equipment needed to shift a significant amount of formerly in-person services to virtual means. $6,000 to help ensure access to the required PPE to safeguard personnel’s wellbeing, as the Inclusion Langley society has a direct approach to serving people with disabilities.

  • Langley Care Foundation - $5,000 to support person-person outreach to connect with isolated and at-risk seniors in the City and Township of Langley through the Langley Lodge. $5,000 to enhance the quality of life for Langley Lodge residents by adding therapeutic recreation programming to their activities calendar.​

  • Langley Pos-abilities Society - $42,250 to reorganize and reinstate their organization's operational structure.

  • Options Community Services - $14,470 to support vulnerable Temporary Foreign Workers by providing flu vaccinations as well as mental health support; it also disseminates information and knowledge of rights, responsibilities as well as primary health, mental health and workplace safety resources.

  • Sources Community Resource Centre - $6,352 to secure and equip a separate and centralized warehouse space for receiving, sanitizing, sorting, and distributing surplus food.  

  • YWCA Vancouver - $5,000 to provide single mothers’ support groups in Aldergrove offering diverse single mothers and their children access to essential services, information, resources and connections that are critical to their social, emotional and economic well-being, particularly during times of crisis.


White Rock - total granted out $35,032

GRANT RECIPIENTS announced to date

  • Avalon Recovery Society - $25,000 to build AvalOnline: a digital platform of addiction recovery resources and programming accessible at no cost right in the home.

  • Options Community Services - $5,000 to provide the opportunity for Child Care Options Resource and Referral Program (CCRR) to continue to support parents, child care providers and the community during these uncertain times.

  • Sources Community Resource Centre - $5,032 to secure and equip a separate and centralized warehouse space for receiving, sanitizing, sorting, and distributing surplus food.  

Are you looking for ideas and resources to help with fundraising during COVID-19? You might find this list compiled by Imagine Canada helpful.

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