The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350M investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.
In collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada, CFC is proud to be funding projects designed to help communities experiencing heightened vulnerability during the COVID-19 crisis. The global pandemic has left no community untouched. It is also exacerbating existing inequalities and having a disproportionate impact in communities who are less equipped to deal with its health, social and economic impacts
The ECSF first opened to receive applications on May 19,2020. Round one of funding supported projects in every province and territory and for every vulnerable group. The Government of Canada is releasing the balance of the funds now to ensure it and its partners, including Community Foundations of Canada, can make adjustments, as necessary, to continue responding to evolving emergency needs as a result of COVID-19.
Starting October 5th, the final installment of the $350 million Fund is being released by the federal government to CFC, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada so that we can continue to flow support to charities and non-profit organizations serving our most vulnerable. CFC and participating community foundations are now accepting applications. . Please see the resource library below for more information including the Applicant Guide.
Applications must be submitted by October 30, 2020.
Who is Eligible?
The ECSF will provide immediate financial support for organizations that are serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. Qualified donees may apply for a grant of up to $75,000 per project.
Criteria for eligibility:
- Be a qualified donee
- Be serving people in the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody
- Projects must:
- Clearly address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19
- Serve one or more vulnerable groups as defined in the application guide
- Be carried out in a short time frame with a reasonable budget. Project-related costs must be incurred between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021
- Projects must not:
- Be designed for fundraising purposes
- Generate profits
- Take place outside of Canada
Eligible expenditures include reasonable and essential expenditures to carry out the project. These include:
- Wages and benefits
- Professional fees
- Travel and accommodations
- Materials and supplies
- Printing and communication
- Equipment rental/lease/maintenance
- Administration costs
- Disability support for staff
Projects can receive funding from other sources, including ECSF grants from United Way or Red Cross. However, the same budget item cannot be covered by two separate ECSF grants for the same project.
If you’re unsure of whether to apply here, or your local United Way or Red Cross, please take a look at this infographic for more information.
How are ECSF grants awarded?
Grant applications will be assessed and adjudicated by the Coquitlam Foundation’s Grants committee to ensure funding is directed where it’s needed most.
How do organizations apply?
- If you are serving people in the Tri-Cities, apply through the CFC (Community Foundations Canada) portal below.
- If you aren’t serving people in the cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam or Port Moody, find out if your local community foundation is a participating partner.