Arts, rec, charities to get boost from EPCOR grant program

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A $1.25-million grant program for arts, culture, recreation and charitable groups has been launched by EPCOR to help with COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.

The Heart + Soul Fund, revealed Thursday, adds to previously announced emergency relief funding, top-up support for existing community partners, and an employee matching fundraising campaign, bringing EPCOR’s total investment in community recovery and relief efforts to $2 million.

One-time grants ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 will be awarded to arts, culture and recreation organizations.

Successful applicants can use funds to offset a portion of program activations costs, including implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, marketing costs, talent fees, and production costs, for example.

Organizations that deliver critical supports such as food, shelter, mental health, substance abuse and family violence programming are eligible to receive up to $25,000 each to replace lost fundraising revenue or motivate larger giving programs.

“Our artistic and charitable organizations are the heart and soul of our communities. They are integral to rebuilding a vibrant quality of life and providing a lifeline to those that need it most. I am excited to see how they will use these funds to bring new work to life, support others and strengthen their financial sustainability,” said Stuart Lee, EPCOR president and CEO, said in a Thursday statement.

Applications are open now and submissions will remain open until the entire $1.25 million is fully allocated.

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