Emergency Community Support Fund

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. Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new 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.

Organizations can apply starting on May 19, 2020. Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply.  Organizations can be from Prince Edward County as well as Hastings County. 

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.

If you are providing a new or enhanced support or service(s) in Hastings-Prince Edward County with respect to 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 learning, transportation, etc. as a result of Covid-19.  Applications are now open.

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.

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.

The County Foundation, under the ECSF,  will consider grant requests with a maximum of $20,000.  However, if your project requires more than that please email info@thecountyfoundation.ca for a consultation.  

Approved ECSF Organizations - Final

  •  Prince Edward County Arts Council – County Kids Read – More materials and education packs/kits
  • The County Food Hub in partnership with Municipality – Equipment and supplies to meet demand for food security issues.
  • Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Foundation – required retrofits to Thrift Shop. Including off-site rental location for quarantined donations.  
  • Alternatives for Women – Outdoor Counselling Space
  • Municipality of Prince Edward County – COVID-19 Community and Economic Impact Study
  • Prince Edward Learning Centre – Community Volunteer Income Tax Filing and Financial Stabilization
  • Recreation Outreach Centre (ROC) – Neighbourhood Outreach Response
  • County of Prince Edward Public Library – Connectivity/Technology 
  • Children’s Starlight Foundation – Children’s Learning Kits
  • Easter Seals Canada – Camp E-aster Seals – 16 local children to participate
  • Easter Seals Canada – Equipment for children
  • The Pentecostals of Quinte – Covid-19 Reboot and the Restoration of Life Classes
  • Community Development Council of Quinte – Good Food Market
  • Municipality of Prince Edward County – Community Food Distribution Centre – The Food Collective
  • Quinte Access – Essential Transportation
  • Quinte West Youth Centre – Quinte West Youth Centre COVID-19 Protocol
  • North Hastings Public Library – Technology support
  • St Thomas’ Belleville – Expanded Community Garden Project
  • Spinal Cord Injury of Ontario (Belleville) – Equipment
  • Mohawks of The Bay of Quinte – Seniors Program Support
  • Children’s Mental Health Services – Programming
  • Quinte Health Care – Pre-School Speech and Language support
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (Quinte West) – Volunteer Recruitment and Vetting
  • Victorian Order of Nurses – Furnishings for waiting area
  • John Howard Society of Belleville – Outdoor Counselling Space
  • Mohawks of the Bay – Youth Outreach and Summer Programming
  • Prince Edward Family Health Team in partnership with Municipality – Maternal Health Centre

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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.
  • 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
Funded by

Government of Canada