The Richmond Women’s Resource Centre is being forced to close down for the summer after the city has left them short on cash.
As a non profit, the centre relies on grants from the city to survive.
President Mary Scott says this year they asked for $25,000 but were given $15,000.
“Richmond has 400 non-profits and there’s tremendous competition, but the women’s centre has been there since 1976, and we saw approximately 8,000 women last year who came and asked for our help.”
The centre only has a budget of $100,000 to work with per year, and Scott says they are struggling because of extra funding costs.
“We need money and the city did not help us this time.”
The centre has turned to crowd-funding to try to raise some extra money.
City spokesman Ted Townsend says the $15,000 grant is all they can do, in light of all of the requests the city receives for money.
“The city has been there to support them and will continue to be there to support them in the future. But we can’t simply write a blank cheque for all the different social service and other community service agencies out there that have a need. It wouldn’t be sustainable for the city to do that.”
He says the program is not designed to provide core funding, and other levels of government need to step up and help.