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Your donation will support vulnerable Calgarians during this extraordinary time. 

Calgary is a caring community; we’ve shown that together, we are stronger. Through crisis, we take a stand to make sure that no one is left behind and that everyone is taken care of. We rally together for the safety of our families, loved ones, and neighbours. Today, we are calling on you for your compassion, strong sense of community, and urgent support to help individuals affected by COVID-19 

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a collaboration with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency), and United Way of Calgary and Area, to support community agencies who are working diligently to keep Calgarians safe and well.  

For information regarding funding for social sector organizations and to find out if your organization is eligible, please click here for details.  

Thank you to the organizations and individuals who have answered the call and supported those impacted by COVID-19. To learn more about our supporters click here.

How these funds are being used

As the impact of COVID-19 to our community grows, so does the demand for social services. The resources raised through this fund will ensure agencies on the ground can continue their critical work in this time of need. The fund will support vulnerable populations at greatest risk including the elderly, Indigenous populations, those experiencing mental health and addiction issues, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, newcomers to Canada, and others that may be impacted by this public health crisis. We also know this is an evolving situation, so we will be working diligently with our community partners to continue to monitor this situation and respond in the most effective manner.

What you can do

Donate now to help vulnerable Calgarians access the supports and services they need during this extraordinary time. 

Together, we can flatten the curve, ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our communities and its most vulnerable citizens.

Social distancing forces us apart, but compassion defies distance.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Calgary COVID-19 Community Response Fund is open to donations from any individual, corporation, or foundation. If you have questions, please contact: philanthropy@calgaryunitedway.org

Donations acquired through this fund will be distributed based on established decision-making criteria that has been developed in partnership with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency), and United Way of Calgary and Area. Priority will be given to requests that provide immediate emergency response, ensuring the greatest impact for the most vulnerable populations at greatest riskWe also know this is an evolving situation, so we will be working diligently with our community partners to continue to monitor this situation and respond in the most effective manner.

Vulnerable Calgarians are defined as populations most vulnerable to the virus and those whose livelihood is impacted by this public health situation including the elderly, Indigenous populations, those experiencing mental health and addiction issues, persons with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, newcomers to Canada, and others that may be identified by this public health crisis.

Yes, you will receive a tax receipt for your donation. For any questions or concerns regarding your tax receipt please contact: uwtaxes@calgaryunitedway.org  

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 response and recovery costs including, but not limited to: basic needs support, agency operations, staff and service delivery.

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

Please e-mail rfp@calgaryunitedway.org to request access to the application. 

We recognize the impact this pandemic can have on individuals. Please contact 211 to be connected to supports and services in your area. For support specific to mental health, please call the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 or Access Mental Health at 403-943-1500.

United Way of Calgary and Area has been working in close partnership with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency) to support a coordinated local response to COVID-19 in Calgary and surrounding areas. Resources raised through this fund will support social services agencies who are working on the ground to continue to meet the demands of their critical work in this time of need. Through this partnership, The COVID-19 Community Response Fund will prioritize immediate needs, with consideration of supporting longer-term impacts once the immediate crisis is over. Applications will be processed through United Way in collaboration with a Stewardship Group represented by The City of Calgary and other partners, to distribute the funds effectively and according to the established criteria. The Stewardship Group will provide a report to the community on the impact of the Community Response Fund, made possible through the generosity of many Calgarians.

This collaborative response is in addition to the regular operations of United Way of Calgary and Area and is intended to provide an efficient and coordinated local opportunity to support individuals and organizations in Calgary that have been directly impacted by COVID-19. Funds raised through the fund will be disbursed through a formal partnership with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency). 

For general question and additional information, contact us!

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