Cambridge and North Dumfries 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 CanadaUnited Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

Click here to read the media release.

We are pleased to work with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in Waterloo Region to ensure that our citizens are safe and healthy. Through this second round of the ECSF, we will be investing $400,000 to local charities and qualified donees working to support people experiencing heightened vulnerability. Organizations can apply starting on October 5, 2020 and applications will be accepted until October, 30, 2020.

More information and a link to the applications portal can be found here.

The focus for these funds are organizations serving our community’s most vulnerable, as follows:

Vulnerable Populations include

Children, Youth or Elderly

  • Children and youth (ages 0-29)
  • Youth ageing out of care
  • Seniors and Elders
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People struggling with addiction
  • People living with mental illness
  • People with low-income or living in poverty
  • Persons with disabilities (in and not in care)

Vulnerable Workers

  • Caregivers
  • Workers who are vulnerable (essential, temporary foreign, informal labour market workers)

Populations Requiring Specific Care or Supports

  • People experiencing domestic or gender-based violence
  • People living in group homes or supportive living (under the age of 55)
  • Prison populations (detained and incarcerated)
  • Veterans
  • Students (post-secondary)

Marginalized Communities in Canada

  • Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs)
  • Women and girls
  • Members of LGBTQ2s+ communities
  • Newcomers (Permanent and temporary residents including immigrants and refugees)
  • Racialized people (Arab, Black, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Other racialized groups)
  • Indigenous people (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)

Apply here on the Community Foundations Canada applications portal.

If your organization is not a Registered Charity, but is an Incorporated Not-for-Profit, please apply for funding through the Canadian Red Cross, where you will find more details and the application on their website.

Organizations in the Waterloo Region that received funding in the first round:

  • Adventure4Change
  • African Caribbean Black Network
  • AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA)
  • Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington
  • Anishnabeg Outreach Employment and Training Inc.
  • Anishnabeg Outreach Employment and Training Inc.
  • Brain Injury Association of Waterloo Wellington
  • Cambridge Self Help Food Bank
  • Cambridge Shelter Corporation
  • Canadian Aweil Youth Association
  • Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region
  • Community Support Connections
  • Family & Children’s Services of Waterloo Region
  • Family Counselling Centre Cambridge & North Dumfries
  • Fiddlesticks Community Centre
  • House of Friendship
  • Knox United Church
  • KW Counselling Services
  • oneROOF Youth Services
  • Pregnancy Centre (The)
  • Sanguen Health Centre
  • Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
  • SHORE Centre
  • Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
  • Supportive Housing of Waterloo
  • The Working Centre
  • Trinity Anglican Church
  • Victim Services of Waterloo Region
  • Woolwich Counselling Centre


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