ABNN Urges Government to Provide Funding Security and Flexibility

April 30, 2020 4:48 PM | Anonymous

To be able to continue to provide essential services in this time of need, the Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN) has written a letter urging the Government of Alberta to ensure funding security and flexibility. We are eager to establish clear lines of communication with the Government regarding the impacts of the COVID-19 on service delivery and the expectations of the sector.

We were pleased to see the province provide emergency funding of $60 million to support select COVID-19-related social services; however, it is important to recognize that there are many other frontline nonprofits that will see increased demand for their services, including care facilities, food banks and mental health organizations. Beyond frontline COVID-19 related services, other organizations are also feeling the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on operations, staffing, service delivery and funding, including lost casino and event revenue.

We urge the Government of Alberta to consider the following recommendations to address some immediate concerns:

  • Provide clarity on the Government of Alberta’s commitment to current funding agreements and provide emergency grants to other frontline services.
  • Provide flexibility on expectations within current funding agreements and maintain long- term eligibility to account for the limited ability of organizations to deliver regular programs and services at this time. Specific recommendations include allowing nonprofits to allocate funding to new priorities, delaying reporting deadlines and providing flexibility with meeting expected outcomes.
  • Provide details surrounding the 14-day paid leave entitlement, specifically the necessary administrative processes and procedures within the Employment Standards Code.

Read the full letter here.

Check out our COVID updates and resources here, including Advocacy & Issues Gathering and How to Talk to Funders.

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