COVID-19 | FAQs: The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) – Community Foundations Canada

COVID-19 | FAQs: The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) – Community Foundations Canada

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Community foundations are philanthropic organizations that direct grants, leadership and other investments toward community initiatives. Across Canada, more than 85% of communities have access to a community foundation – from our largest cities to our smallest towns. CFC is flowing ECSF funding through our network of community foundations such that it is managed, as much as possible at the local level in communities from coast to coast to coast.  

Here’s the list of community foundations participating in the ECSF.

If your area is not served by a foundation, contact our team [email protected] or find the community foundation nearest you using our map. 

In CFC’s funding stream, the ECSF offers a range to be effective to organizations working in communities of various sizes and geographies. In small communities of 15,000 residents or less, the maximum ECSF grant amount is usually $40,000. For larger cities and regions, the maximum grant amount is usually $75,000. Community Foundations may also set their own limits, please check with your local Community Foundation. There is no minimum grant amount.

The ECSF run by CFC will support qualified donees in running projects at the community level that serve vulnerable populations that have been especially affected by COVID-19. Eligible projects include ongoing programs that meet the eligibility criteria outlined in this document. Qualified donees should be in touch with their local community foundation to learn more about available grant sizes. If your area is not served by a community foundation and you are interested to apply to the Fund, contact us at [email protected]

Applicants will be required to share how their project assists vulnerable populations, the populations they serve, and the impact of the project on the community.

Examples of qualified donees include:

Those ineligible to apply include:

Qualified donees must be registered on the CRA’s list of qualified donees

The ESCF will provide immediate financial support for projects that are serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. Qualified donees may apply for more than one grant, as long as each application describes a distinct project.

Specifically, eligible projects will:

Examples of eligible projects where vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19 include:

Children, Youth or Elderly

Vulnerable Workers

Populations Requiring Specific Care or Supports 

Marginalized Communities in Canada

All budget items must be project-related and must be incurred between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Eligible expenditures will vary depending on the project. The list below are examples of possible expenditures. 

Ineligible projects include:

The following expenditures are ineligible, and will not be supported by the ECSF:

For more information on how to apply for funding, view the recording of our webinar on application procedures, presented in collaboration with Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada.

Applications may be submitted starting on May 19 until July 27, 2020 for activities occurring between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. CFC and community foundations will review, assess applications and award funding on a weekly basis during this period.  

If you are eligible and would like to apply, please reach out to your local community foundation to discuss your project and application. 

When you are ready to apply, please visit the Application Portal. Please review this video (link forthcoming May 19) for instructions and help with submitting your application.

If your organization is located in an area that is not served by a community foundation and you are interested in applying, please contact CFC at [email protected].

You can submit your application on the online portal. Select your local community foundation and if you cannot find your local community foundation please select Community Foundations of Canada

Applications are received and evaluated on a rolling basis.  Applicants should learn the results of their application within 10 business days. 

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