Emergency Community Support Fund

Stratford Perth Community Foundation is re-activating the Emergency Community Support Fund alongside Community Foundations of Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unpredictable and challenging time for many, with some communities experiencing higher levels of vulnerability than others. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that have faced increased challenges. To provide emergency relief, the Government of Canada launched the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help support communities made increasingly vulnerable by the pandemic. 

With COVID-19 cases increasing in many communities, and a continuous call for emergency relief, the ECSF will reopen with a second round of funding, providing much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving communities experiencing vulnerability. The Government of Canada is flowing this funding through Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County to ensure that our citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing an additional $80,881 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting people experiencing heightened vulnerability. Organizations can apply starting on October 5, 2020. 

Learn more about the program, find out if your organization is eligible to apply and for all updates, please follow Community Foundations of Canada’s website.

WEBINARS

On October 6, 2020 there was a webinar to provide information about how to apply to the second round of ECSF. The webinar included speakers from the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada.
Watch here: How to apply for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) – Round 2 


To see the list of grants made locally during the first round of ECSF funding, please visit our 2020 Grant Recipient page:

Stratford Perth Community Foundation activating Emergency Community Support Fund alongside communities coast to coast to coast

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.

We are proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) for the Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County region.

Launched on May 19, 2020, we’ve invested an additional $201,860 through the ECSF towards local charities and qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis.

Our community foundation is finalizing the remaining grants to our community through the ECSF. We are unfortunately no longer accepting applications. Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19. We know the need for funding is still significant. If you would like to be notified if any additional funding becomes available through ECSF, please fill out this form.

We invite you to explore opportunities with the other ECSF funding intermediaries in your community. More information about other national funders is available here.

We invite you to follow Community Foundations of Canada’s website for further updates as well.


The Emergency Community Support Fund

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