COVID-19 Funding for Social Sector Organizations

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Emergency Community Support Fund

We are 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.

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ESCF) is a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to support vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. The 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. United Way of Calgary and Area is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

We are launching our local call for proposals for charitable organizations providing front-line, community services to vulnerable community members affected by COVID-19. If you have already applied for and received funds through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, you are still eligible to apply for these funds, provided your application meets the criteria.

The Emergency Community Support Fund is funded by the Government of Canada through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

The application can be accessed by request. Please use “Emergency Support Fund Application” in the email subject line and send an email to rfp@calgaryunitedway.org.

For questions, please refer to the Emergency Community Support Fund Application Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Organizations with a charitable number or have a formal partner sponsorship agreement with a registered charity (with its own CRA BN/registration number) and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19 are eligible to apply.

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

Activities that can be funded include:

  • 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

United Way Calgary and Area has not established a minimum or maximum grant amount. We will be issuing grants based on the proposed services, associated amounts requested and overall demand. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

The ECSF is a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada, and a significant portion is being delivered through United Ways Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian Red Cross across the country. United Way Calgary and Area will be allocated $3.5M in our region.

 

Yes, ECSF resources can enhance and expand your current COVID-19 funded community service so long as expenses are not counted twice.

We are committed to ensuring that funds are broadly available to community service organizations and agencies working to provide services and support vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. You do not need to be a current funded agency to apply.

Organizations providing front-line services to vulnerable populations impact by COVID-19 are eligible to apply, including registered charities, and other qualified donees.  Check the Canada Revenue Agency list of qualified donees by clicking here.

Non-profits in Canada are playing an important role in helping to respond to local needs. Organizations with a charitable number or have a formal partner sponsorship agreement with a registered charity (with its own CRA BN/registration number) and that are central to the provision of supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to COVID-19 are eligible. The Canadian Red Cross has launched a granting program for Non-profits. To find out more about their program please visit redcross.ca/communityorganizations.

If activities or services are underway, you can apply for additional resources to expand and/or extend the delivery of service for a longer time (up to March 31, 2021).

Yes.  ECSF funds cannot fund any expenses (including wages) already covered by another source, but can complement existing sources, including the wage subsidy.

Community Services Organizations may apply for more than one service. Please submit separate applications for each proposed service.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All funding allocations will be made public on or before July 31, 2020.

The purpose of the ECSF is to resource front-line services supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Eligible expenses include staffing, equipment, supplies, and related operating costs that allow organizations to provide and deliver services that respond to the current crisis.

Yes. Applicants may not, however, apply to more than one funder for the same program activities and related costs. The three intermediaries will be coordinating locally to ensure that funds are being distributed to have the best possible local reach to serve vulnerable populations.

The reporting requirements for this funding will focus primarily on number of services and clients served, and organizations will be expected to periodically provide updates to these numbers throughout the period of the grant. Additional details will be shared with successful applicants.

United Way Calgary and Area is committed to ensuring an open and fair application and review process. We will be working to promote this funding opportunity throughout our community and to support organizations seeking to apply.

United Way Calgary and Area will be considering a number of equity dimensions as they make decisions on how these resources will be allocated locally. These can include populations served, geographic balance, rural and remote access or other systemic challenges.

Resources are being distributed across the country through local offices. Local chapters of national organizations should to apply directly to their local United Way or Centraide.

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a collaboration between The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency) and United Way of Calgary and Area to support community agencies that are working diligently to keep Calgarians safe and well during this public health crisis.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of this public health crisis, and will be reviewed as they are received. We expect a high volume of requests, and will ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible. Initial applications will focus on response needs within a 3-month time frame. As more funds become available and further needs are identified, an additional phase may be developed and released to support longer-term needs.

Eligibility requirements

You are eligible if your organization has a charitable number or has a formal partner sponsorship agreement with a registered charity (with its own CRA BN/registration number), and is central to the provision of supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19.

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19, including issues that develop in regards to:

  • emergency supports and response
  • basic needs (food and housing)
  • vulnerable populations at great risk (seniors, Indigenous populations, and others)
  • mental health
  • domestic violence

The application can be accessed by request. Please use “Calgary COVID-19 Community Response Fund Application” in the email subject line and send an email to rfp@calgaryunitedway.org.

Stewardship Alliance

As the demand for support and funding increases during the COVID-19 crisis, a stewardship alliance has been convened. This group is comprised of influential funding organizations committed to COVID-19 relief efforts. These stewardship partners will inform and contribute to the Calgary COVID-19 Community Response Fund to meet the immediate and critical needs of social services agencies in their efforts to support the most vulnerable in our community. Together, this alliance will adapt and identify the emerging priorities in our community and ensure that social service agencies can quickly receive emergency funds as this crisis evolves.

Alliance partners include:

For general question and additional information, contact us!

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