Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund

The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund is now open. The Emergency Community Support Fund supports community organizations helping vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis. Community organizations may seek funds to undertake a wide range of activities and to serve a wide range of vulnerable groups.

Community organizations may apply for funds through either the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada or the United Way Centraide network. The right place to apply depends on the community organization’s type:

  • Non-profit organizations may apply to the Canadian Red Cross’ national portal here.
  • Registered charities and other qualified donees may apply to Community Foundations of Canada’s national portal here or to their local United Way Centraide (check the United Way Centraide Canada’s website here for information on how to apply).

Community organizations of both types can apply to the Canadian Red Cross for training and equipment to help their staff and volunteers prevent disease transmission.


Bonus resource

This Navigating Government Support Information Guide from Vantage Point focuses on key financial supports from the federal and provincial governments in response to COVID-19 that eligible BC not-for-profit organizations can access. Please note that information is constantly changing, so it may not be exhaustive.