Emergency Community Support Fund

Application Period Extended to June 18, 2020

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

The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund aims to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. 

Together, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada are collaborating with the Government of Canada to flow ECSF support to those who need it most right now. 

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 these organizations carry out their vital work to ensure no one is left behind. 

Brant United Way is pleased to support this vital investment by the Government of Canada in critical services for vulnerable people in our community.

More details on this funding can be found here.

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.  


Thank yo to all the local charities who submitted proposals.  After receiving so many great applications, we can clearly see the extent of the efforts that are underway in our community to help the most vulnerable during this challenging time.

Since this funding was announced, Brant United Way has received a great deal of interest from seniors in the community since this funding was announced and considered these requests for help when determining which services to fund. 

To guide the distribution of these funds, we established a team of community volunteers and supporters who reviewed and assessed each proposal.  The hardest part was selecting which service to fund, they all seemed so important.

After careful review, just over two thirds of the total funding went to services that will assist with basic needs such as food, supplies and personal care items.  The remaining funds were directed to support wellness programs and services that address social isolation.

We are proud to announce the following services are being funded:

  • Virtual Programming and Activity Kits for Seniors (Adult Recreation Therapy Centre) – This service will see a focus on social and recreational programming that will also include the delivery of activity kits to senior’s homes.
  • Supports for seniors living with dementia (Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton and Halton) – Seniors living with dementia will have access to education and counselling to deal with the challenges of being isolated in a “stay at home” environment.
  • Assistance for persons blind or partially sighted seniors (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) – Physical distancing measures have created unique challenges for seniors who are blind or partially sighted and they will now have access to virtual programming and an expansion of the Vision Mates program that will support these seniors dealing with basic needs such as picking up supplies, prescriptions and food.
  • Food delivery and personal care items (Community Resource Service) – The Food Bank will start delivering packages of non-perishable food to seniors in need, along with providing assistance in purchasing cleaning products or fresh food like milk and eggs.
  • Food security assistance (Friendship House) –  To address the overwhelming number of requests received for assistance with food security, a second service has been funded to provide food delivery to vulnerable seniors along with reassurance during this difficult time.
  • Meals on Wheels (Six Nations Health Services )– The Meals on Wheels program operating on Six Nations of the Grand River has seen the requests for help triple since the start of the pandemic, and will now be able to expand the service to meet this increased need.
  • Senor's Information Line (SKIP) – To help seniors stay connected and to reduce social isolation, this phone based service will be available to seniors seeking information or to those simply hoping to connect with a friendly volunteer by calling into a central number.
  • Virtual Fitness Classes for Seniors (YMCA) – Focusing on physical wellness, this service will provide  virtual senior’s fitness classes that are customized to the health conditions facing seniors (arthritis, osteoporosis) along with education focusing falls prevention.

For more details on these services, please feel free to either contact the service provider directly or contact us at info@brantunitedway.org.

Each year, United Way chapters across Canada support over 340,000 seniors in meeting their basic needs and ensuring their connection to community through a network of almost 500 seniors-specific programs and services.