Emergency Community Support Fund

Activating Emergency Community Support Fund alongside communities coast to coast to coast 

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 has reopened 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 Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding in the communities of Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Cedar, Gabriola Island and Lantzville to ensure that our citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing an additional $70,260 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting people experiencing heightened vulnerability.

Organizations can apply now for grants up to $25,000.

Learn more about the program and apply here.

If you have questions, click here to book a 15 minute call with Laurie Bienert.

Grants Disbursed – round 1

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