Emergency Community Support Fund

About the Fund - Round 2

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unpredictable and challenging time for many, with some communities experiencing higher levels of vulnerability than others. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that have faced increased challenges. To provide emergency relief, the Government of Canada launched the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help support communities made increasingly vulnerable by the pandemic. 

With COVID-19 cases increasing in many communities, and a continuous call for emergency relief, the ECSF will reopen with a second round of funding, providing much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving communities experiencing vulnerability. The Government of Canada is flowing this funding through Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

We are proud to be working with the CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally to ensure that our citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF we will be investing an additional $30,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting people experiencing heightened vulnerability. Organizations can apply starting on October 5, 2020. Maximum Grant amount is $5,000.00.

Read about some of the grants that have been awarded locally from the first round>>

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 Budget template here). Link to CFC Resource Library.
  • All applications for this final round of ECSF funding must be submitted by 11:59 PST on October 30, 2020.
  • Applicants who received ECSF funding in Round 1 can submit an application in Round 2 for project costs which were not funded in Round 1. Applicants cannot receive funding twice for the same project costs. Applicants must submit a budget to identify new eligible costs.
  • Applicants who were declined in Round 1 of ECSF can submit an applications for the same or different project costs, as long as funding for the project costs was not provided by any of the ECSF funding intermediaries in Round 1.
  • 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.

Where to Apply 

  • Qualified donees are eligible to apply to community foundations and/or United Way Centraides. Qualifed donees are encouraged to reach out to their local community foundation and United Way Centraide to decide where they wish, and feel it is most logical, to apply.
  • Infographic - Which partner should I apply to? Where should Provincial and National applicants apply?
  • Qualified donees may apply to both CFC and UWCC but cannot receive funding for the same project costs from two intermediaries. 
  • In communities where there is both a community foundation and a United Way Centraide, our teams are coordinating efforts and sharing informatiion about ECSF applications on an ongoing basis.
  • Grant limits may differ between community foundations and United Way Centraides. Local community foundations may set lower maximum grant sizes.
  • Nonprofit organizations should apply to the Canadian Red Cross. The Canadian Red Cross will give preference to non-profit organizations with annual revenues of $1.5 million or less. In some cases, local United Way Centraides may also support non-profit organizations through an appropriate trustee relationship with a qualified donee.