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Charities across Greater Victoria can now apply to receive a part of the $350 million fund announced by the federal government last month.

The capital of B.C. is slated to receive $1.635 million through the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profits that are struggling to meet increased demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

These funds will be distributed through United Way Greater Victoria and the Victoria Foundation to eligible charities and community organizations that require funding to support their work.

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“This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19,” said Sandra Richardson, CEO, Victoria Foundation in a statement.

“Local charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now. This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts.”

Once received, grants can be used to cover a variety of costs including staffing, resource needs, and purchase assistance.

Funds will be issued on an ongoing basis until July 31, 2020 or until all funds have been allocated.

Interested groups can apply at either victoriafoundation.bc.ca/ecsf/ or uwgv.ca/ecsf