Vulnerable Seniors Response Fund
United Way Yukon has established the Vulnerable Seniors COVID-19 Response Fund to help address the urgent needs of organizations affected by the pandemic. Funds for the $75,000 initiative come from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. United Way Yukon has the local capacity to help ensure these funds will be used to quickly address vulnerable seniors’ most urgent needs and the capacity of our front-line agencies.
Eligible non-profit organizations are encouraged to undertake projects/programs that provide immediate benefit to vulnerable seniors and Elders (aged 55+) affected by the pandemic, including their caregivers. Projects may include:
• the purchase/distribution of tangible goods (e.g. food, cleaning or hygiene products),
• activities to reduce social isolation and/or address mental and emotional health, or
• actions to meet other urgent needs not addressed by other programs in place.
Time is of the essence. Applications are due by May 3, with a decision for applicants by May 8. The money will flow on or before May 15. This reflects the focus of the New Horizons program to address urgent needs in the short term – projects should wrap up by the end of June.