Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), helping our neighbours get the help they need

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COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in Canada.

The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to help charitable organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. Together, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada are collaborating with the Government of Canada to flow ECSF support to those who need it most right now.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, community-based charities and agencies have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support of all kinds—in particular, to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability. Demand for their services has increased dramatically. The Fund is designed to help these organizations carry out their vital work to ensure no one is left behind. United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is pleased to support this vital investment by the Government of Canada in critical services for vulnerable people in our community.

Of the $350 million, UWCNVI has received $900,000 to help front-line service agencies in our region support your vulnerable neighbours.

Individual organizations, or multi-agency collaborations, who are working to meet the needs of vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 within the Central & Northern Vancouver Island region are welcome to apply for a grant.


Applications now open and close at 12:00 pm noon on June 15, 2020.

Further details can be found at


This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.