To donate to our Pandemic Response Fund contact Lori Heron at: lheron@burlingtonfoundation.org or 905 639-0744 ext. 1

Granting Through Our COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund

Burlington Foundation continues to closely follow the impact of Covid-19 on our community. We know the demands that this unprecedented pandemic has placed on the charitable sector as more and more people turn to charities for emergency support.

In this rapidly changing landscape, Burlington Foundation established the Covid-19 Pandemic Response Fund. This fund provides grants to qualified CRA registered charities serving Burlington. Initial focus has been on emergency response grants supporting community members most impacted by the Covid-19 crisis in order to expand local capacity to address the severe impacts of the pandemic.

To date through this fund, we have granted a total of $224,670 to front-line charities serving the most vulnerable.

This was awarded through $163,500 in total Phase 1 Response grants and $61,170 in Phase 2 Response grants.

In coming months, as the pandemic evolves, our Pandemic Response fund will move into Phase 3. Check back here for updates on the opening of this granting.

To see more details on our Pandemic Response Fund granting, please see below.


Sincere Thanks to our Supporters

On March 31, we launched our Pandemic Response Fund with financial resources brought forward by the Foundation and a generous $25,000 gift from Pioneer Energy, for a commitment of $100,000. On April 19, the Paletta family announced a major gift commitment to our Pandemic Response Fund of $250,000. Additionally, through a number of generous gifts from fundholders and donors, we added an additional $65,000 for an initial fund balance of over $415,000. These funds support community-based response efforts (Phase 1 & 2), and once further through Covid-19, we’ll be there to support those efforts of our charitable partners so they can continue with their critical mission-based work.

Our heartfelt thanks also to the following Burlington Foundation fundholders for their generous gifts to our response fund:  Randy & Denise Reeve Family Fund, Milne Family Foundation Fund, Pieczonka Family Foundation Fund, Dalton Timmis Group Fund, LKH Spirit Fund, BDO Community Fund, Ralph and Susan Sgro Family Fund. In addition, we thank Joan Williams as well as several local donors.

Pandemic Response Fund Grants

In the initial months of the pandemic we saw the need for critically important emergency needs. As the community recovers and rebuilds over the coming months following this unprecedented pandemic, we anticipate an even broader range of agencies needing support. To address these needs, we established three rounds of granting, with Phase 1 and Phase 2 now complete.

Response Phase Granting – Rounds 1 & 2:

These emergency grants were provided to local agencies on the front-line that are serving high need, vulnerable people and families including those experiencing food insecurity, isolated seniors, childcare supports, disability, mental health and safe housing. Intended to expand local capacity to address the most severe impacts of the pandemic, these grants support community members most impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.

Round 3 Granting:

While today we are seeing agencies applying awarded grants to meet immediate and urgent need, the road to recovery and rebuilding lives will be long and challenging for community charities. Over the next few months, further information regarding Phase 3 grants including eligibility, application requirements and timing will be shared.

Phase 2 Response Grants

As of May 18, we have now awarded our Phase 2 granting and closed this phase.

Click here to see our Phase 2 Pandemic Response Fund grant recipients

To review our recent Phase 2 details or application, click bar above.

Phase 1 Response Grants – Grants Awarded.

Click here to see list of Phase 1 Response Grants awarded. Thank you to all applicants.

Recent Announcements & In the News

April 12, 2020 – Click to hear Burlington Foundation’s President and CEO Colleen Mulholland speak with CHML’s Ted Michaels, updating community on critical challenges local charities are experiencing, need for emergency support and help for agencies through our Pandemic Response Fund.

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