PGCF awards $40,000 in funding for Gender Equality in our Community

PGCF awards $40,000 in funding for Gender Equality in our Community
FEBRUARY 3, 2021

February 3, 2021 

The Prince George Community Foundation is announcing grants totaling $40,000 to local organizations working to support women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals working towards a future grounded in equity, inclusion and justice. The Fund is part of a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, funded through the Government of Canada. The Prince George Community Foundation is one of 21 local community foundations across Canada that are taking part. In total, these community foundations are granting $3.5M towards the women’s movement.

“We are thrilled to support these three local organizations who are working on the ground to advance gender equality in our community,” said Mindy Stroet, Director of Development with the Prince George Community Foundation. “Our investment in their work is key to supporting women who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We can work towards a just recovery by tackling systemic issues like racism, wage inequality, and gender-based violence.”

Funds were disbursed to: 

  • Prince George Sexual Assault - $ 25,000 for a needs assessment for specialized trauma informed counselling services and advocacy for people of all marginalized genders
  • Theatre Northwest - $ 10,000 for New Play Development by a women playwright and woman dramaturge
  • Two Rivers Gallery - $ 5,000 for the MakerLab Youth Immersion program 
     

The PG Community Foundation has funded organizations at the “heart” of the women’s movement, with a focus on those that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to empowering women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people through their mission, activities, or partnerships. The grants span a variety of purposes, including efforts to pilot new initiatives, to address long-standing community needs, or to support a just recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The initiatives themselves may touch on a wide range of areas that are affected by gender equality, including food insecurity, income inequality, racial injustice, domestic violence, and many more. In particular, the Fund prioritizes initiatives that are ‘self-led’—those that are led by the same groups that they focus on serving. 

“From coast to coast to coast, feminist organizations have a long and rich history of mobilization to advance gender equality in our country,” said Andrea Dicks, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) President. “As budgets get re-allocated to public health and economic programs in the wake of the pandemic, these organizations are most at risk of losing funding. At CFC our purpose is to ‘relentlessly pursue a future where everyone belongs. To create communities of true belonging and recover from this pandemic, we need to advance gender equality across the country. We’re grateful for the financial support from the Government of Canada and the leadership of the Prince George Community Foundation who is taking part in these efforts.” 

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About the Prince George Community Foundation: 

True community development happens through the efforts of passionate citizens. Thanks to the vision and financial investment of local residents, the Prince George Community Foundation was created in 1995 to serve Prince George and the region in perpetuity. With the sustainable management of an endowment, ongoing charitable donations and passion for community, the Foundation has provided more than $3.3 million to date for projects championed by local registered charities who work to build a livable, resilient community.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Mindy Stroet, Director of Development

Phone: 250-562-7772

mindy.stroet@pgcf.ca

www.pgcf.ca | @pgcommunityfoundation | #allforourcommunity

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