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.

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 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. The County Foundation will receive applications on a rolling basis starting May 19th, 2020.

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 $10,000.

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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