As of June 19, 2020, the resources available from this fund to the Sunshine Coast have been exhausted and we are no longer accepting new applications.

On April 21, 2020, the Government of Canada announced the creation of the $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) as part of its broader suite of emergency measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund’s goal is to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations, who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), and Canadian Red Cross (CRC) were named as three intermediaries with which the federal government would partner to deliver this funding. Sunshine Coast Community Foundation is the local administrator of this granting program.

About the 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.

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?

The ECSF will support qualified donees, as defined by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), who are administering projects that serve vulnerable populations at the local level and who have been affected by COVID-19. Eligible applicants must have a community-based project and apply to their local community foundation. Eligible projects can include ongoing programs that meet the eligibility criteria. Applicants will need to demonstrate which populations they serve and how their work supports vulnerable Canadians impacted by COVID-19.

We will evaluate applications based on how the applicant’s project:

  • Clearly addresses a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19;
  • Serves one or more vulnerable groups; and
  • Can be carried out in a short timeframe with a reasonable budget.

About the application and granting process

The ECSF has simple eligibility criteria and a quick application process and reporting procedure. The application is designed to be straightforward and efficient. It should take your organization about 20 minutes to complete. Applications will be received and assessed on a weekly rolling basis, so that you can get an answer as soon as possible and we can start flowing funding swiftly.

ECSF funding is being distributed through three sources: community foundations, the Canadian Red Cross, and the United Way Centraides. Each program or project is eligible for funding from only one of these sources and procedures are in place to prevent a duplication of funding. If your organization does not have charitable status or is not a qualified donee, it should apply through the nearest Canadian Red Cross.

Applications are being received through a national portal. Board members of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation will review all local applications and make funding recommendations. For successful applicants, grant payment will be made via electronic fund transfer from Community Foundations of Canada. The deadline to apply is July 27, 2020.

Nous acceptons les demandes dans les deux langues officielles. Les demandeurs peuvent recevoir un soutien et déposer une demande dans la langue de leur choix. SVP contacter [email protected] pour plus d’informations. 

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