With community at our core and trust as our default, we are investing in community-driven solutions that will help improve quality of life for everyone in Innisfil. Innisfil Community Foundation wants to be your partner. We're here to ignite and inspire the community through financial grants.
Innisfil Community Foundation announced our plan for the first round of Social Solutions grants on March 11, 2020 - the same day the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since then, we have seen buildings close, states of emergency declared, and a plea from health experts to avoid large gatherings.
We have decided to delay our Social Solutions granting and launch plan until it is safe to once again gather as a community. Knowing that this could be months from now, we are looking at new ways to help now, in this time of crisis.
COVID-19 is already impacting our community. Losing a job or taking time off of work to care for children could be the tipping point for families that are already barely squeezing by. We anticipate that local charities serving our most vulnerable citizens will face an increased demand, which is why we are asking those organizations to help inform our next steps.
We understand that nobody has a crystal ball and that this situation is unfolding in real time, but we hope you will share the challenges your organization is facing today, and suggest what needs may arise in the coming weeks and months. You're on the front lines, helping those who need it most. By reaching out with your insights, you will help Innisfil Community Foundation better understand how we can help. Please note that further details regarding grant applications will follow this needs assessment.