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This initiative encourages local business recovery and support. In addition, it has set aside August 28-30 for a national buy local weekend and will provide grants of up to $5K for businesses

Fundraising and volunteering | General: Sector resources | Local businesses
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund was established by RBC in collaboration with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. Local businesses can also apply for grants of up to $5K that can be used for
  • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves
  • Renovating physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines
  • Developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business

 

CBRN Small Business Relief Fund will help 62 small Canadian businesses recover and support their resilience, for a total of $620,000 in funds.

Local businesses | Main Street

Businesses can use the $10,000 grants to support their recovery efforts, including paying salaries, acquiring safety and personal protective equipment for staff, replenishing materials or paying for the measures required to adapt business models to the economic impacts of COVID-19. To be eligible to apply, businesses must:

  1. Be a for-profit company; and,
  2. Belong to a chamber of commerce, board of trade or association that is a member of the Canadian Business Resilience Network; and;
  3. Have between 2 and 50 employees; and,
  4. Have been in business for 2 years as of March 1, 2020; and,
  5. Have an annual revenue between $150,000 CAD and $5,000,000 CAD; and,
  6. Have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  7. Meet the other eligibility criteria set out in the program’s terms and conditions.

Independent movie theatre in Toronto “sells” seats to raise needed funds to survive COVID19-related closure.

Arts and Culture | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses | Main Street

To help keep the community engaged and to ensure the Fox Theatre in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood will still be in business once the virus restrictions are lifted, a fundraising campaign was started by the theatre. For $150, plus taxes, community could purchase a plaque with their name on it to be put on seats at the historic theatre. The Fox posted information about the sale on their website and within a short amount of time all 251 seats were “sold”. The theatre later sold naming rights for other parts of the building.

Adopt a Business Challenge to combat economic toll of COVID-19 in Kitchener-Waterloo

Local businesses

As part of its commitment to Kitchener-Waterloo, Sherpa Marketing wants to help by providing $25,000 in professional marketing services to one local company hit by the economic effects of COVID-19. Local Kitchener-Waterloo companies who want to donate their time, products or services can do so by joining the Adopt-A-Business Challenge. Sherpa will evaluate applicants and choose a company in Kitchener-Waterloo most in need. Of particular concern to Sherpa Marketing are all the small businesses that make Kitchener-Waterloo so diverse and vibrant.

Friends’ Tab is a local wealth redistribution program aimed at helping Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbours in need. 

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

If you need help, just say “put it on my Friends’ Tab” at participating locations. Each location has a sign up about what’s covered (e.g. up to $10 or $20 of your grocery bill, one coffee and one food item at a local coffee shop, essential repair expertise and materials, etc.). If you want to donate to help a neighbour you can donate by adding it on to your purchase at participating locations or donating at FOKM.ca

New crowdfunding platform to save small business in Ottawa

Local businesses

A pilot project in Ottawa hopes to boost their chances with community crowdfunding, which has emerged as a vital tool for the social impact sector. Could it provide a model for Main Streets across Canada?

Five large companies (including two banks) come together to support front-line healthcare workers and help fight food insecurity in Toronto

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

The Scotiabank Arena has been transformed into Toronto’s largest kitchen to prepare up to 10,000 meals a day. Working with a network of hospitals to donate to front-line workers and Second Harvest to donate to food banks and shelters this coalition of partners is delivering meals across Greater Toronto.

Providing meals to Toronto healthcare workers & supporting the restaurant industry during the coronavirus pandemic

Food | Local businesses

People can purchase a meal to fuel the extraordinary efforts of our city’s healthcare workers and support our local restaurants and their employees with a single donation

All the ways the University of Windsor’s campus community is working alongside the broader community in response to #COVID-19

Fundraising and volunteering

University of Windsor’s COVID-19 Community Engagement page

University of Chicago providing emergency support to address immediate needs of South Side local residents, businesses, and nonprofits

Food | Fundraising and volunteering

Through UChicago’s Partnering for Community Impact initiative, support will come through three main programs: preparing and delivering meals to South Side residents; supporting South Side businesses and their employees; and supporting South Side nonprofit organizations and the vulnerable populations they serve. The programs will help address the urgent food security needs on the South Side, as well as begin to bridge the financial and resource gap for local businesses and community-based nonprofits.

Paramount introduces affordable “Dare to Care” menu, with special discounts for frontline workers

Food | Fundraising and volunteering | Local businesses

Paramount has introduced a new “Dare to Care” menu, which allows people in the Greater Toronto Area to dine out on delicious healthy meals at home for under $15, while also supporting local franchise and small business owners. Paramount is also offering 50 percent off to frontline workers when they place a takeout order at any of Paramount’s locations across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

Library Shelf Isolation Read-a-thon

Arts and Culture | Fundraising and volunteering | General: Online communities and networks

Fundraiser for the Calgary Public Library Foundation. A Shelf Isolation Read-a-thon combines our need to self-isolate, reading, community and supporting the Library.

Surrey Hospital Foundation creates COVID-19 response fund

Frontline services | Fundraising and volunteering | Public health

The Surrey Hospital Foundation has created a donor-funded $50,000 Response Fund to help purchase equipment for COVID-19 care, as well as health and wellness initiatives for frontline workers.

Community Foundation of Calgary providing charities with platform to share emerging needs

Frontline services | General: Sector resources

Through a survey form, the Community Foundation of Calgary is providing charities with a place to share some of their most pressing and emerging needs with donors, fund holders and the larger community. The Calgary Foundation will then help spread the word to the broader community.

United Way and City of Calgary release COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Frontline services | Fundraising and volunteering

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a collaboration with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency), and United Way of Calgary and Area, to support community agencies who are working diligently to keep Calgarians safe and well.

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