Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

The COVID-19 outbreak is having a tremendous impact on many of our community members leaving them more at-risk than ever to economic insecurity and hunger and increased mental health vulnerabilities due to social isolation. We’re here to help.

As part of Employment and Social Development Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island is supporting local community service organizations to provide rapid, innovative emergency community support to vulnerable community members.

We call this local love.

UWCNVI has received $904,527 to help front-line agencies support those who need it most in your community. The Fund aims to help charitable organizations adapt and increase their services for at-risk populations during COVID-19.

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.

Local Love starts when we help one another.


Thank you to everyone who has applied.


Emergency Community Support Fund

Basic needs: life essentials like food, cleansers, hygiene products or other resources and outreach essential to helping the most vulnerable to stay healthy. It can also include supports for financial guidance and tax filing for low-income individuals and families to access available income benefits.

Help for isolated seniors and other vulnerable populations: help to those already vulnerable due to isolation through outreach, check in’s, transportations and delivery of basic needs.

Community Service Capacity: investments to support, enhance and preserve the delivery of vital community services for key vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This can include alternate delivery models for vulnerable populations due to effects of COVID-19 on available volunteers. It could also involve working with other national partners to ensure agencies have access to PPE and the necessary training.

Mental Health Support: investments enabling crisis lines and system navigation services that benefit Canadians. Services such as youth and adult mental health crisis lines, community navigation services, and other virtual and online crisis and mental health supports.

Support for Volunteers: who are stepping up to help others in communities with training and safety resources and information.

Examples include: Food security, financial wellness, health and hygiene, home care or personal support services, information and navigation, legal supports, mental health and wellness, shelter, safety, social inclusion and learning, transportation, and other.

Caregivers, children and youth, indigenous peoples, low income or living in poverty, members of LGBTQ2S+ communities or non-binary, newcomers (all), official language minority communities, people experiencing domestic or gender-based violence, people experiencing homelessness, people living in group homes or supportive living (under the age of 55), people living with mental illness, people struggling with addiction, persons with disabilities, prison populations (detained and incarcerated people), racialized (all), seniors and Elders (not in care), seniors and Elders (living in care), students (post-secondary), workers who are vulnerable (essential workers, temporary foreign workers, workers in the informal labour market, etc.), veterans, and women and girls, and others.

Community outreach and engagement, delivering new models, tools, programming, services or resources, disseminating information and knowledge, volunteer engagement and recruitment, and other needed supports and resources.

Wages and employment-related costs for staff, fees for professional service, disability supports for staff of the recipient, materials and supplies, printing and communication, equipment rental/lease/maintenance, travel costs, utilities, insurance, rental of premises, lease, purchase and maintenance of equipment, costs of project audits, evaluations and assessments, performance monitoring and reporting costs, data collection, knowledge development activities, and administrative costs associated with the project.


  • Purchase of real property is ineligible.
  • Re: Local Community Foundations and United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, please ensure you are applying to one or the other as we are working together to ensure the resources reach out across the Central, Northern Vancouver Island region.

                                                                              Funding       Max Allocation                      

Nanaimo Regional District                           $360,000       $50,000

Cowichan Valley Regional District             $189,000       $20,000

Comox Valley Regional District                  $153,000        $20,000

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District         $76,527          $10,000

Regional District of Mount Waddington  $27,000         $5,000

Strathcona Regional District                        $99,000         $10,000

Total                                                                       $904,527


To discuss your organization’s eligibility for funding please contact

Want more information?

Check out our Emergency Community Support Fund FAQs. 

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Funded by the Government of Canada