Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

We are now accepting applications for the second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help charities serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations can apply for funding until October 30, 2020.

  • The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19.
  • The Government of Canada is releasing the balance of the $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in a second round of funding ($73.9 million). These funds are available to support communities continuing to address the impact of the pandemic. Applicants can begin submitting applications October 5, 2020.
  • The ECSF first opened to receive applications on May 19, 2020. The first round of funding supported projects in every province and territory and for every vulnerable group. The Fund’s three intermediaries – Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada – combined their national reach and local expertise to flow money quickly to where it was most needed.
  • In the Fund’s second round, the three intermediaries will continue to actively target their outreach to ensure equitable distribution of funds, while also strengthening services and supports for vulnerable Canadians across all communities. Applications will open on October 5, 2020.
  • United Way Centraide Trail & District was pleased to administer a vital first round investment of $115,336 by the Government of Canada in critical services for vulnerable people in our community to date.
  • United Way Centraide Trail & District is pleased to support an investment of $18,908 through this second round of emergency funding from the Government of Canada.
  • 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 organizations carry out their vital work in the coming months to ensure no one is left behind.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2020

All applications will be reviewed after the closing date of October 30, 2020. If you have already applied for and received funds through the ECSF First round of funding, you are still eligible to apply for these funds, provided your application meets the criteria.

Round 2 application ECSF Round 2 Application Form – EN

For questions, please refer to the Emergency Community Support Fund Application Guide ECSF Applicant guide_EN

Si vous avez des questions ou souhaitez présenter une demande de financement au Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous à FUAC-demande@centraide.ca.  

Frequently Asked Questions

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is funded by the Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The intent of this fund is to provide support to local community service organizations as they adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable community members and populations impacted by COVID-19.

Special Notice:

We are proud to have partnered with United Way Centraide Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in the Lower Columbia Region, serving the communities of Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose, Fruitvale and Area’s A & B of RDKB.

Over the past month, United Way of Trail & District has received over 10 applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, 10 organizations have been approved for a total of $122,723. We are pleased to announce the ECSF is supporting the following:

  • $9,035 was invested in Greater Trail Hospice Society to Caregivers support and training.
  • $20,000 was invested in Kootenay Brain Injury Association to Community Companion program
  • $20,000 was invested in Sanctuary (Generation to Generation Society) to Community outreach and engagement/delivering & developing new models
  • $20,000 was invested in Take A Hike West Kootenay to Mental Health Support
  • $20,000 was invested in GT Community Skills Centre to Bringing Community to your Door (aka Community Kitchens)
  • $5,000 was invested in Kootenay Family Place to Community outreach and engagement/training and new development models
  • $6,688 was invested in South Kootenay Seniors (Age-Friendly Rossland/Trail/Warfield) to Bridging Barriers/development & delivery new models
  • $10,000 was invested in Friends of Friends Clubhouse to Group Activities/delivering new models
  • $12,000 was invested in CIFC – Trail United Church to Food Services/updating safety