EMERGENCY COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND (ECSF) ANNOUNCEMENT
The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350 million emergency funding program from the Government of Canada.
Funding will be allocated in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross, The United Way, and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC).
The fund is designed to Canada’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis.
Starting on May 19, CFC and participating community foundations are inviting qualified donees to apply for funding.
New emergency funding from the Government of Canada will be available to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations during the pandemic. Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is one of the national partners delivering these funds. The Carman Area Foundation is teaming up with CFC to provide funding over the coming weeks to qualified donees in our area who meet the Fund criteria. It is our understanding that organizations in smaller rural communities can qualify for funding up to a maximum of $45,000. Larger urban organizations can qualify to a maximum of $75,000.
For your reference, CFC has provided the following brief summary on application guidelines and process:
The ECSF has simple eligibility criteria, a quick application process and streamlined reporting procedures. We invite you to learn more below and apply starting today.
The ECSF is an opportunity to make sure we are not leaving any Canadians behind during COVID-19.
Many different types of projects are eligible for funding. Registered charities and other “qualified donees” can apply through community foundations for projects that:
- Address a well-being need caused by COVID-19;
- Serve one or more vulnerable groups such as seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, newcomers, refugees, women, children and youth, LGBTQ2 people, Indigenous people and racialized people, such as Black Canadians and others.
- Will be completed before March 31, 2021.
Here are some examples of eligible projects:
- Increased staffing and supplies at a shelter for women and children fleeing violence;
- Food supplies for First Nations members living on-reserve, where supplies and delivery are interrupted;
- Equipment for a food bank to accommodate rise in food orders;
- Technology enabling seniors in-residence to connect with their families virtually;
- Preparing and delivering food for persons with disabilities;
Community foundations are working with United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross to distribute the ECSF. You can only receive ECSF funding from one of us for the same project costs.
If you have a project that matches these criteria, the application is designed to be straightforward and efficient.
Complete the online application, which should take about 20 minutes. It has some brief questions about your project and the vulnerable groups your organization is supporting.
Applications will be received and assessed on a weekly rolling basis, so that you can get an answer as soon as possible. The final closing date to submit an application will be July 27, 2020.
Reporting requirements for projects approved for funding will be as light as possible – we know community-based organizations have important work to deliver right now. This process includes a short description of the outcomes and, once you have finished the project, a brief report due by April 1, 2021.
You can find additional information about the Fund and all the materials you need to prepare an application at the CFC web site: https://www.communityfoundations.ca/initiatives/emergency-community-support-fund/
If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.