Emergency Community Support Fund
Applications For Round II Open October 5, 2020
Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now. Round Two launched on September 28, the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally to The County to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy.
The County Foundation will be investing additional funds from the established PEC Helping PEC COVID-19 Fund towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations. The PEC Helping PEC COVID-19 Fund is focussed on Health and Food Security.
The Red Cross, The United Way and Community Foundations of Canada are all involved and have allocations, in some cases for separate areas of support. Consult this graphic for the details of where best to apply. Infographic available here.
To be eligible for funding, the agency or organization MUST be a registered charity or other qualified donee under the Canada Revenue Agency. Applicants agree to The County Foundation’s General Granting Conditions.
The County Foundation will look at applications with a maximum grant request of $15,000. Previous successful applicants to Round One may apply (see application guide) and applicants to the 2020 Municipal COVID Recovery Grant Program are also eligible to apply. See details here.
Application information will be shared between United Way HPE & The County Foundation for funding decision purposes. And The County Foundation reserves the right to consider the request under the PEC Helping PEC COVID-19 Fund and/or other TCF Managed Funds.
- Applicant guide – includes eligible expenses, project and vulnerable sectors defined among other info.
- Application form – Applications open October 5, 2021
- Where should I apply?
- Budget Template – see application form above
- Final Report Template for Qualified Donees. CFC will notify recipients in the final month of their project to submit through the CFC portal. Due: May 1, 2021.
- Funding acknowledgement guidelines. CFC/Government of Canada. and The County Foundation.
- CFC’s ECSF webpage
- CFC’s national application portal
- CFC Led Webinars for Qualified Donees interested in applying: October 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern. Register here
Timeline for Round II
- Application Open Date: October 5, 2020
- Applications Due: October 30, 2020
- Applications will be reviewed and decisions made starting on November 2, 2020
- Announcements – December 1, 2020 (To be verified)
- Grants to be paid out – By December 15, 2020
- Period to spend all awarded funds – January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021
- Final Reports – Sample – through CFC’s National Portal – May 1, 2021
- CFC Led Webinars for Qualified Donees interested in applying: October 6, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern. Register here.
Round One Applicants Are Still Eligible
Applicants who received ECSF funding in Round 1 can submit an application in Round 2 for project costs which were not funded in Round 1. Applicants cannot receive funding twice for the same project costs. Applicants must submit a budget to identify new eligible costs.
Applicants who were declined in Round 1 of ECSF can submit an application for the same or different project costs, as long as funding for the project costs was not provided by any of the ECSF funding intermediaries in Round 1.
Applicants whose applications were not considered by a community foundation in Round 1 due to a high level of demand are considered oversubscribed applications. Any work started on oversubscribed applications has been saved in the portal. Applicants can reapply using their Round 1 application. Please note however, that a few additional questions and other information will be required as part of Round 2, should you wish to resubmit an application that did not receive funding in round one. Declined applications have not been saved in the portal.
About the ECSF Fund
Covid-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in Canada.
- The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund aims to help charities and non-profit 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. Announcement here.
- Since the Covid-19 pandemic was declared, community-based charities and non-profit organizations 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.
The Emergency Community Support Fund