United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), through its local United Way Centraide members, is one of three organizations administering the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), a $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 global crisis.

The funding, which was announced on April 21, 2020 by the Government of Canada, has been a much-needed boost for community-based organizations that have seen demands for their services increase dramatically since the start of the pandemic. Applications for the ECSF launched on May 19, 2020.

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Local United Ways and Centraides, with their depth and breadth of knowledge of community needs across Canada, rapidly evaluated applications and disbursed funds. Applications are now closed. Program results will be posted here shortly.

The Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada are also disbursing funds from the ECSF through separate granting streams.

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“We’re proud to be partnering 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 allow United Way Centraides to make swift and informed funding decisions to provide emergency relief for those who need it most.”

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