United Way Centraide Canada, through its local United Way Centraide members, is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The ECSF is a new $350M investment by the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19.


Community organizations can apply starting today. The funding, which was initially announced on April 21, 2020 by the Government of Canada, is a much-needed boost for community-based organizations who have seen demands for their services increase dramatically since the start of the pandemic.

ECSF_Apply NowLocal United Way Centraides will support granting programs for registered charities and qualified donees. Click here to find your local United Way Centraide and apply.

“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.”

The Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada are also accepting applications for separate granting streams funded through the ECSF.

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The Canadian Red Cross will support a A Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment Program and a granting program for non-profits.

Community Foundations of Canada will also support a granting program for registered charities and qualified donees.

Below is a recording of a webinar presented by Employment and Social Development Canada alongside the Emergency Community Support Fund intermediaries. It contains information about how to apply for funding and the criteria that will be used in assessing funding applications.

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“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.


The Emergency Community Support Fund is funded by the Government of Canada.

Click here to apply.