Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada

Last updated: May 16, 2020

Emergency Community Support Fund

The Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund is a vital step forward in our country’s rapid response to COVID-19. As Minister Hussen has noted, “The COVID-19 crisis is having a real and significant impact on all Canadians. Today’s announcement will help ensure that if Canadians need the support of a community organization, it will be there for them.” The Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada applaud the federal government’s move to support our country’s most vulnerable populations.

We look forward to collaborating with partners, charities, and non-profit organizations via our respective networks to swiftly implement the Fund in communities from coast to coast to coast. Together, we will work to ensure that rapid relief reaches those that need it most, and that no one is left behind. The new Fund will provide a much-needed boost to organizations on the frontlines, while we also continue our efforts to secure the funding and support required for the stabilization and recovery phases ahead. 

Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the Canadians who have given so generously during this time. We encourage those who are able to do so to continue their generous support of the charitable and not-for-profit sector as it actively steps up in the fight against COVID-19.

Information for Organizations Applying for Funding

Brant United Way is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. Brant United Way is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

Starting May 19th, 2020, Brant United Way will be accepting applications for funding.

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Who can Apply?

Brant United Way will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19.

Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a qualified donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to COVID-19

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

•           Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers

•           Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching

•           Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities

•           Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support

•           Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence

•           Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and

•           Others

What Types of Activities could be Funded?

•           Community outreach and engagement

•           Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19

•           Sharing information and knowledge

•           Engaging and recruiting volunteers

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until Thursday June 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm. All applications must be submitted electronically to prior to the application deadline to be considered.

We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

Making Decisions on Funded Services

Brant United Way will have a committee of community volunteers and supporters who will review the applications and evaluate them using a standardized scoring tool that focuses on the content of application.  

These funds are provided to help our community and the decision on where the funds will have the greatest impact will be made by representatives from our community. 


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (click here) and Applicant Guide (click here).

For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Dan Rankin, Executive Director for assistance.  He can be reached by email at

Emergency Community Support Fund Application

(click here)