Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in our region and across Canada. This pandemic has created an increase in demand for local services, shortages in supplies, and disruption in service for our community and social service organizations.

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.


Individual organizations, or multi-agency collaborations, who are working to meet the needs of vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 within the Southern Interior BC are welcome to apply.


  • Registered charity or qualified donee.
  • Located within the geographic boundaries of the United Way of Trail & District (Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose, Fruitvale, and Area’s A & B of the RDKB).

Community Services

The ECSF will provide financial support for community services that:

  • Address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused or worsened by COVID-19,
  • Serve one or more vulnerable groups (defined in the Applicant Guide),
  • Will be carried out with a reasonable budget before March 31st, 2021.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review both the Applicant Guide and FAQ for more information.

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

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

For other sources of Emergency Community Support Funds see the links below.

Charities in the Lower Columbia Region Le Roi Community Foundation (CFC closing date July 27, 2020)

Society’s Canadian Red Cross (closing date July 31, 2020

If your organization is providing services outside of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, and you are not currently supported by another United Way, please click here for more information. (closing date July 10, 2020)

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.