COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund

About the Fund

COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in Canada. The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. 

Together, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada are collaborating with the Government of Canada to flow ECSF support to those who need it most right now. 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, community-based charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support of all kinds—in particular to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability. Demand for their services has increased dramatically. 

The Fund is designed to help these organizations carry out their vital work to ensure no one is left behind.

Application and Granting Process

  • The ECSF has simple eligibility criteria and a quick application process and reporting procedure. View Applicant Guide here.
  • The application is designed to be straightforward and efficient. It should take your organization about 20 minutes to complete it through the online portal. Link to online application portal. (View sample application here) (View sample Budget template here)
  • Applications will be received and assessed on a weekly rolling basis, so that you can get an answer as soon as possible and we can start flowing funding swiftly.
  • Through the ECSF we will be investing $75,000 towards charities and qualified donees in Trent Hills and the surrounding area - maximum grant amount is $40,000. 
  • Qualified donees will be funded through United Way and community foundations. Link to Northumberland United Way.
  • Non-profit organizations will be funded through the Canadian Red Cross. Link to Canadian Red Cross.

In communities where there is both a community foundation and a United Way Centraide 

  • We encourage charities in the community who are serving vulnerable populations to apply to the Fund, through our community foundation or the local United Way Centraide. Infographic - Which partner should I apply to?
  • Qualified donees may apply more than once (and to different funders if they wish) for different projects or for different aspects of a large project. They cannot receive funding for the same project or same aspect of a project from two intermediaries. 
  • Grant applications to community foundations and local United Way Centraides will be assessed locally by our teams. Though community foundations and local United Way Centraides have separate funding streams as a result of our respective agreements with the Government of Canada, we are working together. The ECSF eligibility criteria, application and granting evaluation processes of CFC and UWCC’s are very similar.  One difference between the two funding streams relates to grant amounts: 
    • Community foundations’ funding stream has a grant maximum. In small communities of 15,000 residents or less, like Trent Hills, the maximum ECSF grant amount via CFC is $40,000. For larger cities and regions, the maximum grant amount via CFC is $75,000. 
    • Local United Way Centraides have the flexibility to apply a minimum or maximum grant size depending on the local situation. 
  • We understand there is overlap between the community foundation and United Way Centraide funding streams. Rest assured that we are working together and towards the same goal, which is to flow funds quickly enabling you to continue your important work at this time.  
  • It is up to you as a qualified donee to decide where you wish to  - and feel it’s most logical - to apply. Know that in communities where there is both a community foundation and a United Way Centraide, our teams are coordinating efforts and sharing information about ECSF applications on an ongoing basis. 
  • Nonprofit organizations should apply to the Canadian Red Cross. In some cases, local United Way Centraides may also support Non-profit organizations through an appropriate trustee relationship with a qualified donee.

Acknowledgement Guidelines for Grantees

  • Grant recipients are required to recognize the Emergency Community Support Fund and acknowledge support from the Government of Canada and the local community foundation in their organizational communications, web or social media content, public project materials, media outreach, events and verbal remarks about the project. View Acknowledgement Guidelines.

The standard acknowledgment for grantees is as follows: 

The [name of project or organization] is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation.

  •  Additional acknowledgment information:
    • If grantees publish content about their COVID-19 response which is funded by the ECSF on their website, include the standard recognition text above on any page where the Fund is referenced.  

    • If possible, recognize the support and collaboration on social media. Grant recipients are encouraged to acknowledge support from the Government of Canada and their local community foundation via social media channels. 

    • When posting to social media, please tag the following accounts: @CommFdnsCanada @ESDC_GC 

    • Use the following hashtag whenever possible: #ECSFund 

    • Follow any additional recognition and acknowledgment policies outlined by the local community foundation