Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in Canada. We’re here to help.

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.

We call this local love.

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 $1.64M to help front-line service agencies in our region support your vulnerable neighbours.

Individual charitable organizations, or multi-agency collaborations, who are working to meet the needs of vulnerable people within the identified below streams are welcome to apply for a grant.

Local Love starts when we help one another.