Emergency Community Support Fund

Emergency grants of up to $75,000 for charities supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) offers grants of up to $75,000 to charities working with vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in the Tri-Cities. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with decisions made weekly.The ECSF is a rapid response fund program initiated by the Government of Canada through an investment of $350 million to charities and non-profit organizations across Canada. Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) are working together with the federal government to deploy funding at the local level.

 The Coquitlam Foundation has partnered with CFC, the Port Moody Foundation and the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation to deploy nearly $600,000 in the Tri-Cities. ECSF funding is intended to be used for projects carried out before March 31, 2021 that are addressing urgent social inclusion or well-being needs of vulnerable groups as a result of COVID-19. 

Funds will be disbursed as soon as possible and on a rolling basis. Applications must be submitted by July 27th.

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 Foundation Grants committee to ensure funding is directed where it’s needed most.

How do organizations apply?

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