Cameco donates $1 million to support 67 communities
- EFN Staff | June 02, 2020
Cameco COVID-19 $1 million Relief Fund will be supporting 67 community projects in Saskatoon and northern Saskatchewan. This announcement came out on April 15, 2020, where applicants from charities, not-for-profit organizations, town offices, and First Nation band offices in Saskatoon and northern Saskatchewan who have been impacted by the pandemic can apply.
Eligible applicants could seek grants of up to $50,000 to assist in their efforts to overcome the effects COVID-19 has had on their ability to serve their communities and support people in need.
“There are so many communities and charitable groups hit hard by this pandemic, yet their services are needed now more than ever,” said Cameco president and CEO Tim Gitzel in a news release. “We are extremely happy to be able to help 67 of these organizations continue to do the vital work they do every day to keep people safe and supported through this unprecedented time.”
Approved projects come from 40 Saskatchewan communities from Saskatoon to the province’s far north. Cameco’s support includes significant numbers of personal protective equipment (PPE) for northern Saskatchewan communities and First Nations with 10,000 masks, 7,000 pairs of gloves, and 7,000 litres of hand sanitizer.
Donations of supplies and money from nearly 100 Cameco employees augmented the company’s initial $1 million contribution. Cameco will move quickly to begin delivering this support to the successful applicants.
“I’m proud of Cameco’s employees for stepping up yet again to support the communities where they live,” Gitzel said. “It happens every time we put out a call for help, a call for volunteers, a call to assist with any of our giving campaigns, and I can’t say enough about their generosity.”
The initiative also demonstrated the overwhelming need that exists in Saskatoon and northern Saskatchewan in the midst of this pandemic. By the submission deadline of April 28, 581 applications had been received seeking more than $17.5 million in total funding assistance.
“The tremendous need out there is clear,” Gitzel said. “I would just encourage everyone – if you have the ability to help out, to volunteer, to make a donation, please do what you can to assist these organizations with the important work they are doing in our communities.”
The Cameco COVID-19 relief fund must be used to help with the challenges of COVID-19 and can be directed to ongoing program support, targeted COVID-19 community response, or specialized programs. Funds cannot be used for primarily staff salaries.