Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Application details

The Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), has been working with United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross to establish the foundational program design for the Emergency Community Support Fund.

COVID-19 is top of mind for everyone and is affecting the way we all support those who are vulnerable in our communities.  This pandemic has created an increase in demand for local services, shortages in supplies, and disruption in service.

United Ways and Centraides in Canada are pleased to provide support to local community service organizations that provide rapid, emergency community support to vulnerable community members.  Applications are made available and reviewed locally.  Our aim is to make this application process simple.  The application should take 15-30 minutes to complete.

These funds are being distributed as part of Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).  Before you begin, we encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions to fully understand what activities and expenses are allowable under this emergency funding for qualified donees.

Time Tables:

Application Open Date:  May 19th, 2020

Applications will be due every Thursday at 4 pm and reviewed weekly starting May 28th 2020

Applicants will be notified of the decisions Wednesday morning based on the size of the grant and the review schedule below.

  • Grant applications less than $5 000 – decisions made weekly
  • Grant applications $5000 to $15000 – decisions within 14 days
  • Grant applications over $15 000 – decisions within 21 days

Apply HERE

You will need to download the following 2 forms so they can be filled in and uploaded to the application:

INSTRUCTIONS: This application has five sections

  • Section 1 – Eligibility
  • Section 2 – The qualified donee (your organization)
  • Section 3 – Service information
  • Section 4 – Grant request, budget and financial information
  • Section 5 – Authorization and confirmation

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