Tuesday May 19, 2020

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.

Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

The Community Foundation is proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in the City and County of Peterborough and Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, the Foundation will be investing over $300,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations.

Both the Community Foundation and United Way Peterborough & District are funding qualified donees. Non-profit organizations will be funded through the Canadian Red Cross. Please refer to the infographic for guidance. These funding streams are a result of our respective agreements with the Government of Canada. Because the Foundation is working in very close partnership with the United Way on all granting through the ECSF, please check their website too.

Organizations can apply from May 19 to June 29, 2020. Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply:

ECSF Frequently Asked Questions (PLEASE READ THIS)

ECSF Applicant Guide

ECSF Application Form Questions (you must apply online – see button below)