ECSF Round 2 Grant Results

ECSF Round 2 Grant Results
December 21, 2020 Roxy Rae

Community Foundation distributes additional $80,881 in grants to local organizations for Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund 

STRATFORD, ON, December 21, 2020 – Stratford Perth Community Foundation (SPCF) announced today the Foundation released more grants to local community-based charities through a second round of grants made possible by the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)Eleven local charities shared in the $80,881 distributed by the Community Foundation to support much needed services for people across the region experiencing heightened vulnerability during the pandemic. These grants, together with an initial round of funding in the summer, have resulted in a total of $282,741 in critical support for local organizations. 

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared community-based charities and nonprofit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide essential support, in particular to individuals and communities experiencing heightened vulnerability,” said Heidi Culliton, Executive Director, Stratford Perth Community Foundation. “We know the need for funding is still significant within our region, and we will continue to advocate for broader recovery and stabilization support for our local charitable sector.” 

“Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities and continue to do so in the face of real challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our government is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue to help the most vulnerable members of our communities during these difficult times.”
– Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development 

“I would like to congratulate all the local organizations which received grants through the Emergency Community Support Fund. This much needed and vitally important support will provide the essential goods and services needed to care for and protect the most vulnerable in our communities through this pandemic. Once again, I offer my sincere thanks to all who are working tirelessly to provide critical resources for those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
– John Nater, Member of Parliament, Perth-Wellington 

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the ECSF Round 2 supported these important local projects: 

  • $7,500 to fund Community Living St. Marys and Area / Continuing to Move Forward: Navigating a Safe Return to Community  
  • $8,500 to fund The Local Community Food Centre / Neighbour Advocacy Program  
  • $7,000 to fund Stratford House of Blessing / Increasing the Safety and Efficiency of Food Delivery  
  • $8,500 to fund Stratford/Perth Shelterlink / Supportive Learning Environment Program for Homeless Youth 
  • $3,500 to fund The Emily Murphy Centre / Office Space Retrofit for Safety 
  • $10,781 to fund Stratford General Hospital Foundation / Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance Pilot Peer Support Program  
  • $12,100 to fund Stratford General Hospital Foundation / Glidescope to Save Lives 
  • $2,460 to fund Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel and District / Rent, Internet, and Telephone Relief
  • $540 to fund Perth East Public Library / Mobile Wifi Hotspots
  • $10,000 to fund Stratford Festival / Anti-racism Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist 
  • $5,000 to fund Children’s Health Foundation / Early Intervention for Youth Experiencing Mood and Anxiety Disorders  
  • $5,000 to fund Wellspring Stratford / Expressions of Life in Art Therapy Kits 

SPCF has now distributed the full funding available through the ECSF and is no longer accepting applications. To see a complete list of ECSF grants from Round 1 and Round 2, please visit