United Way announces Sustainable Recovery Grant recipients

Local charities get support

United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) has announced which Okanagan charities will be propped up with funds from the Sustainable Recovery Grant program.

The 2020 recipients of the grant are:

  • HOPE Outreach (Kelowna & Vernon)
  • IndigenEYEZ (entire Okanagan)
  • Kelowna Women’s Shelter
  • Okanagan Fruit Tree Project (Kelowna & Penticton)
  • South Okanagan Recope Society (Summerland)
  • Vernon and District Association for Community Living: Venture Training

The new grant stream is designed to "address the emerging and sustainability needs of charities" dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as providing entrepreneurial coaching and support.

In addition to United Way, Interior Savings Credit Union, the Community Foundations of the North and South Okanagan and Valley First also contributed to the funding. 

It will ensure charities can build resilience in four key areas - operations, people, impact and revenue. 

All six organizations will receive one-time grant funding for personalized coaching and support through Purppl's Resilience & Recovery Program. 

“During this time of heightened need, it is even more important that we partner to collectively provide leadership in our communities," says United Way SIBC executive director Kahir Lalji.

"This includes ensuring sustainability of the charitable sector in the communities we serve. The Sustainable Recovery Grant allows us to set our sights on COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts to support the resilience of our charity partners.”

For more information on the grant, visit the website

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