Emergency Community Support Fund for COVID-19 response

Thank you for the overwhelming response to the Emergency Community Support Fund. We are currently reviewing all applications through a number of criteria, including demonstrated need, equity, viability, etc. Successful applicants will be notified within the next few weeks. We are no longer accepting new applications at this time. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh-Anne Bowles or Michelle Chudd.

United Way Winnipeg is proud to support the important investment over $2.5M into our local communities.

The Emergency Community Support Fund represents a significant investment by the Government of Canada into local communities.

Emergency Community Support Fund

United Way Winnipeg is accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to registered charities and qualified non-profits adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF was announced by the Government of Canada and is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

United Way is proud to support the important investment over $2.5M into our local communities. (Winnipeg, rural and northern Manitoba)

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians,” remarked The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“United Way Winnipeg is very pleased to partner with the Government of Canada in administering this fund. We will build on the efforts in our community and continue to work together with our community partners to ensure resources are invested where they will have the greatest impact so no one is left behind. Our communities need help now and these needs will continue far into the future,” said Connie Walker, President & CEO of United Way Winnipeg.

United Way Winnipeg, The Winnipeg Foundation/Endow Manitoba, and Canadian Red Cross – Manitoba have developed a coordinated process to allocate and disburse the Government of Canada funding to support vulnerable populations in Manitoba. The intermediaries have formed the Emergency Community Support Table.

Qualified registered charities and nonprofit organizations are able to apply for these funds beginning May 19, 2020

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;
  • can be carried out in a short timeframe (from date of signature to March 31, 2021) with a reasonable budget; and
  • has not secured funds to cover the costs of the activities for which they have applied from another intermediary, another federal COVID-19 response program or a different source.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed as they are received for as long as funds allow. All funding allocations will be made on or before July 31, 2020.

Application Guide

Have questions about applying? Check our FAQ.

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Funded by the Government of Canada

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