Nearly $3 million in donations are being handed out to groups helping victims of last years flood in the third bundle of grants from the Calgary Foundation since June.
The donations are being issued through the Flood Rebuilding Fund. One of the organizations receiving a grant says it's seen a noticeable jump in demand for its services since the flood and that the money is much-needed.
"At least a 25 per cent increase as a result of the flood," said Josie Nepinak, who runs the Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society, which just received a $20,000 grant to help aboriginal families with shelter and counselling. "The fact that we're able to extend outreach through some of these dollars means we'll be able to work with an increased number of families and to work with some of those families who may have called us previously and we haven't been able to get back to them."
So far, the Calgary Foundation has handed out $5 million of the nearly $9 million raised.
While Foundation president Eva Friesen says there are still many who need more support.
"By all means, this $8.7 million at the Calgary Foundation is not enough to do it all, but it certainly makes a difference."