Brant United Way is accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Round 2 from October 5 to October 30, 2020. The fund continues to provide financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has released this balance of funding for ECSF and it is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

Brant United Way is proud to support this important additional investment of $142,073 into our local communities.

Charities and non-profit organizations are at the heart of our communities, helping the most vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue their invaluable work.” -The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.


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Emergency Community Support Fund


  • COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in Canada.
  • 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.
  • 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.



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.


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.  

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 the 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 starting October 5, 2020. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2020 at 12:00 (noon).

To assist in the application process, an applicant guide is provided.  CLICK HERE


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. 



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

Emergency Community Support Fund Application