EMERGENCY COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND – GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FUNDING
COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on those most vulnerable, creating a greater need for community-based organizations. To help these Canadians, the Government of Canada will provide additional support to charities and non-profit organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund. The ECSF will fund organizations who reach vulnerable populations through: activities to provide or support food security, financial wellness, health and hygiene, home care or personal support services, information and navigation, legal supports, mental health and wellness, shelter, safety, social inclusion and learning, transportation, and other similar interventions though community outreach and engagement, delivering new models, tools, programming, services or resources, disseminating information and knowledge, volunteer engagement and recruitment, and other similar activities.
The ECSF will continue to support activities that:
- address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19,
- serve one or more vulnerable populations during COVID-19,
- can be carried out in a short timeframe (from date of signature to March 31, 2021) with a reasonable budget; and
- have not secured funds to cover the costs of the activities for which they have applied from another intermediary, another federal COVID-19 response program or a different source.
- Increase volunteer-based home deliveries of groceries and medications
- Provide transportation services, like accompanying or driving seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments
- Scaling up help lines that provide information and support
- Help vulnerable Canadians access government benefits
- Provide training, supplies, and other required supports to volunteers so they can continue to make their invaluable contributions to the COVID-19 response
- Replace in-person, one-on-one contact and social gatherings with virtual contact through phone calls, texts, teleconferences, or the Internet
United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and Red Cross Canada are the three named national partners.
- COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations who may be less able to deal with the health, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic. Risks of stress, hardship, and abuse are expected to rise as people become unable to access the social and community supports on which they rely in their everyday lives.
- The Emergency Community Support Fund will provide funding to national intermediaries with networks across the country, including United Way Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Community Foundations of Canada.
- These partners will disburse funds to local community-based organizations working with vulnerable populations, including seniors, persons with disabilities, members of LGBTQ2 communities, veterans, newcomers, women, children and youth, and members of Indigenous communities and racialized communities, such as Black Canadians.
- This announcement builds on the work that has been done for vulnerable Canadians, including increased support for those experiencing homelessness, help for women and children fleeing violence, counselling services for children and youth, and support for seniors.
- Charities and non-profit organizations are also able to apply for the 75 per cent wage subsidy that the government announced on March 27, 2020.