The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)
COMMUNITY SERVICE AGENCIES RESPONDING TO COVID-19 CAN NOW APPLY FOR EMERGENCY FUNDING THROUGH THE EMERGENCY COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND (ECSF)
In April, the Government of Canada announced a $350 million fund to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19. The funding is a much-needed boost for community-based organizations that have seen demands for their services increase dramatically since the start of the pandemic.
Most of the money will flow through three national organizations that can get funds quickly to local organizations that serve vulnerable populations – United Way Centraide Canada, the Red Cross, and Community Foundations Canada.
United Way Centraide Canada, through its local United Way Centraide members, is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).
We’re proud to partner with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and Community Foundations of Canada to get help to community service organizations that need support to respond to COVID-19. Together, we can keep our communities strong,” said Dan Clement, President & CEO, United Way Centraide Canada. “Our network of local United Way Centraides brings extensive knowledge of more than 5,000 communities from across Canada.That intimate knowledge of local issues and local community service networks will allow United Way Centraides to make swift and informed funding decisions to provide emergency relief for those who need it most.”
Community Foundations of Canada will also support a granting program for registered charities and qualified donees.
“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.” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development