The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350 million emergency funding program from the Government of Canada.

Since May 2020, the Fund has been helping community organizations adapt frontline services to better meet the needs of vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting October 5th, the final installment of the $350 million Fund will be released by the federal government so that we can continue to flow support to charities and non-profit organizations serving our most vulnerable. Community Foundations of Canada (CFC)  is one of the national partners delivering these funds.  Our foundation is teaming up with CFC to award a total of $30,000 to support projects in the Carman, Dufferin, Grey, Roland, and Sperling districts in this second round of funding.

Starting on October 5, 2020 CFC and participating community foundations are inviting qualified donees to apply for funding.


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. 

Eligible Projects

Registered charities and other “qualified donees” can apply through community foundations for projects that:

  1. Address a well-being need caused by COVID-19;
  2. Serve one or more vulnerable groups such as newcomers, refugees, women & girls, official language minority communities, LGBTQ2 people, Indigenous people and racialized people such as Black Canadian, Chinese and South Asian and others.
  3. Will be completed before March 31, 2021.
  4. Organizations who submitted applications in the first round are welcome to re-apply.
  5. If your organization submitted an application but was declined due to lack of funding at the time, we invite you to reapply.

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. 

Application Process

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 30 minutes. It has some brief questions about  your project and the vulnerable groups your organization is supporting.  

Applications are due by 11:59 PM PST on October 30, 2020.

Streamlined Reporting

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. 

Learn more

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.