Emergency Community Support Fund

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. Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) has provided additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada flowed funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to work with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, the Nanaimo Foundation invested an additional $167,310 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations.

Grants Disbursed

Organization NameProject TitleAmount
Central Vancouver Island Multicutural SocietyNewcomers’ Bridge to Employment (NBE)$5,000
Crohn’s and Colitis CanadaCOVID-19 and IBD: Webinars and Resources$1,500
Haven SocietyEnhacing services to women and children fleeing violence$30,000
Island Crisis Care SocietyEmergency Response Centre Activity Fund$8,500
Nanaimo 7-10 Club SocietyFeeding people with dignity and respect$10,000
Qwam Qwum StuwixwulhRe-engaging Snuneymuxw Students and Families$9,000
Spinal Cord injury BC Peer Support and Information for Spinal Cord Injury$4,855
Starlight Children’s Foundation CanadaPlay From Home Packs$4,820
Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal SocietyIndigenous Intensive Outreach Navigator (IION)$28,000
Vancouver Island Crisis SocietyVancouver Island Crisis Line, chat and text services.$34,200
Vancouver Island Regional LibraryVIRL Digital Care Packages – Nanaimo/Ladysmith$21,435
Wisteria Community AssociationStone Soup$10,000

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Contact details

Laurie Bienert
250-667-4292
[email protected]