COVID-19 is top of mind for everyone and it is affecting the ways we support those who are vulnerable in our communities. This pandemic has created an increase in demand for local services, shortages in supplies, and disruption in service.
The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Round 2 is the balance of funding for the $350M ECSF made by the Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to support vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.
The Government of Canada has partnered with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross to distribute the ECSF across the country. United Way Centraides (UWCs) are working locally to support community service organizations to aid vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Qualified registered charities and nonprofit organizations are able to apply for these funds.
Funding is intended to strengthen the capacity of community service organizations to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable individuals and families affected by COVID-19.
United Way is an intermediary administering the Emergency Community Support Fund and grant application process to fund activities that meet basic minimum requirements including:
- addresses a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19;
- serves one or more vulnerable populations during COVID-19; and
- can be carried out in a short timeframe (from date of signature to March 31, 2021) with a reasonable budget.