Across the globe and locally, COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on our lives and well-being. The pandemic has further exacerbated significant needs in our community and has deepened issues of equity and disparity for many. The charitable sector has been at the forefront – and in many instances – on the front line as an essential service – providing support and vital services to those in need. At the same time, the restrictions and uncertainty of the pandemic, along with its disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities, are also placing higher demands on the sector. The stability of the sector is facing challenges, and organizations are grappling with uncertainties. An adaptive approach to how programs and services are provided became necessary to continue to respond effectively to the complexity of needs communities are facing.
Towards creating a healthier and more equitable community, United Way Winnipeg, with the tremendous support of generous donors, has established the Equity and COVID-19 Recovery Fund. This call for proposals is open to nonprofit and charitable organizations in Winnipeg. It will provide funding for recovery initiatives in the community and support for marginalized and vulnerable populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.