Emergency Community Support Fund

$350 million to help Canada’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350 million emergency funding program from the Government of Canada. The ESCF will provide immediate financial support for projects that are serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. 

The fund is designed to help Canada’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis. The global pandemic has left no community untouched, and it is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable Canadians who are less equipped to deal with its health, social and economic impacts.

Emergency Community Support Fund

ECSF will provide a much-needed boost to organizations on the frontlines, while we also continue our efforts to secure the funding and support required for the stabilization and recovery phases ahead.

Starting on May 19, we are inviting qualified donees to apply for funding. If you are eligible and would like to apply, please reach out to us to discuss your project and application.  

Eligible Projects

Specifically, eligible projects will:

  • Clearly address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19;
  • Serve one or more vulnerable groups
  • Be carried out in a short timeframe with a reasonable budget, before March 31, 2021

Examples of eligible projects where vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19 include:

  • Creation of a digital health platform to continue mental health and addictions recovery programming
  • Development and delivery of a virtual mental health program for caregivers
  • Purchase of food kits for marginalized families experiencing interrupted support services
  • Addition of meal service staff at a women’s shelter to meet public health guidelines
  • Food purchase assistance for members living on-reserve, where supplies and delivery are interrupted
  • Purchase of a freezer by a food bank to accommodate rise in food orders
  • Technology purchase and service enabling seniors in-residence to connect with their families virtually
  • Increased staffing and supplies at a shelter for women and children fleeing violence
  • Preparing and delivering food for persons with disabilities
  • Remote arts programming for vulnerable youth
  • Procurement and delivery of educational materials to Aboriginal Friendship Centre families
  • Development of online social skills curriculum for individuals with special needs, replacing in-person programming
  • Deployment of a social worker to provide Deaf community with information on COVID-19 and support to navigate impact relief services

Who Can Apply?

Qualified donees should be in touch with the Parksville-Qualicum Community Foundation to learn more about available grant sizes. Examples of qualified donees include:

  • registered charities;
  • registered Canadian amateur athletic associations;
  • registered Canadian municipalities;
  • registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada.

When are Applications Due?

Applications may be submitted starting on May 19 until July 27, 2020 for activities occurring between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. CFC and community foundations will review, assess applications and award funding on a weekly basis during this period.

The Emergency Community Support Fund is currently open for applications: 

Who Delivers ECSF?

Community Foundations across Canada are collaborating with the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada in the allocation of funding.