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Emergency Community Support Fund

Emergency Community Support Fund

Emergency Community Support Fund - support for communities coast to coast to coast

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children, and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now. Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding in Nova Scotia to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing $1.12 million dollars towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations. Organizations can now apply.

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 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. The 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. 

About the application and granting process 

  • The ECSF has simple eligibility criteria and a quick application process and reporting procedure. We invite you to learn more below and apply today. 

  • The application is designed to be straightforward and efficient. It should take your organization about 20 minutes to complete. 

  • 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. 

  • Qualified donees will be funded through United Way and community foundations. Non-profit organizations will be funded through the Canadian Red Cross.

  • The maximum funding amount that organizations can apply for is $75,000

Who Should Apply Infographic

Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply:  


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