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Joint statement – United Way Centraide Canada, Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada,

Emergency Community Support Fund


The Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund is a vital step forward in our country’s rapid response to COVID-19. As Minister Hussen has noted, “The COVID-19 crisis is having a real and significant impact on all Canadians. Today’s announcement will help ensure that if Canadians need the support of a community organization, it will be there for them.” United Way Centraide Canada the Canadian Red Cross, and Community Foundations of Canada applaud the federal government’s move to support our country’s most vulnerable populations.

We look forward to collaborating with partners, charities, and non-profit organizations via our respective networks to swiftly implement the Fund in communities from coast to coast to coast. Together, we will work to ensure that rapid relief reaches those that need it most, and that no one is left behind. The new Fund will provide a much-needed boost to organizations on the frontlines, while we also continue our efforts to secure the funding and support required for the stabilization and recovery phases ahead.

In the meantime, our heartfelt thanks go out to all the Canadians who have given so generously during this time. We encourage those who are able to do so to continue their generous support of the charitable and not-for-profit sector as it actively steps up in the fight against COVID-19.



Call for Applications

United Way Regina is 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.

This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and 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 Regina is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

Starting May 19th, 2020, United Way Regina will be accepting applications for funding.



Who can apply?

United Way Regina will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19.  Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a Qualified Donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to COVID-19.

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


What type of activities could be funded?

    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  


Who should I apply to?

    United Way Regina will manage ECSF processes for charities and other qualified donees.

    Community Foundations of Canada and their network of local community foundations across Canada will accept funding applications from qualified donees through a national online portal communityfoundations.ca

    Canadian Red Cross will manage a granting stream for non-profits and a Preventing Disease Transmission Training & Equipment Program for registered charities, qualified donees and non-profits through a national online portal redcross.ca/communityorganizations


See this infographic for more information.


How to apply?

Applications will be accepted until June 12, 2020 at 4:00 PM. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

United Way Regina will be distributing ECSF funds to eligible agencies and organizations across the province with the following parameters:

• Those in the cities of Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Weyburn, Yorkton and Melville

• Those in communities located in southern Saskatchewan (south of Highway 15), with the exception of Estevan

United Way Estevan will be accepting applications for those eligible agencies and organizations located in Estevan

United Way Saskatoon and Area will be accepting applications for those eligible agencies and organizations located central and north of Highway 15.

• If an application is inadvertently submitted to the incorrect link, we will ensure the application is forwarded to the correct funder.


Complete the online application: 

Before you click on the link for your community and begin to complete the application, please review the application guide.

You cannot save a copy of the online application once completed, therefore we also encourage you to access the blank ECSF Application Template before completing the online format so you know what to expect and possibly use it to complete before you fill out the online application.


To apply for a Project up to $25,000 in Regina & Area:



To apply for a Project up to $20,000 in Moose Jaw & Area:



To apply for a Project up to $20,000 in Swift Current & Area:



To apply for a Project up to $20,000 in Weyburn & Area:



To apply for a Project up to $20,000 in Yorkton, Melville and Area:



To apply for a Project up to $10,000 in Other Communities in Southern Saskatchewan: 




Frequently Asked Questions. 

1.    What are the size of the grants being administered by United Way Regina?

United Way Regina will be issuing grants up to the maximum amount of $25,000 within the city of Regina and Area; up to $20,000 for projects in Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Weyburn, Yorkton, Melville and surrounding areas; and up to $10,000 for other smaller communities in Southern Saskatchewan, with the exception of Estevan.

We will be issuing grants based on the proposed services, associated amounts requested and overall demand. 

2.   How much money is available through this fund? Is it possible to find out how much is available for our region?


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 Regina will be allocating over $1 Million in our region. 


3.   If we have received other federal and/or provincial or territorial Covid-19 related funding, can we still apply?


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


4.    What if we are not currently a United Way funded agency?


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.


5.    Which kinds of community service organizations are eligible?


Organizations providing front-line services to vulnerable population’s impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply, including registered charities, and other qualified donees.  Please check the Canada Revenue Agency list of qualified donees by clicking here.


        6.    We are a non-profit, how can we access funds to provide support to vulnerable communities?


Non-profit community organizations delivering front-line services may be supported through a qualified donee that is acting as a trustee.



The Canadian Red Cross has launched a granting program for Non-profits. To find out more about their program please visit redcross.ca/communityorganizations.


         7.    Will you pay for activities that meet the criteria that are already underway?


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).


         8.     If my agency is receiving the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, are we still eligible to apply for funding?


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


         9.    How many funding requests can be made by one organization?


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


         10.  How will decisions about the funding be made? How quickly can we anticipate a decision?


Applications will be reviewed between May 28 to July 3rd, 2020.  All funding allocations will be made on or before July 10, 2020.


          11.  The front-line services we are delivering are at risk of closing without new funding. Are we able to apply for funding under this program?


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.


          12.  May we apply to United Way, Community Foundations and Canadian Red Cross?


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. 


           13.  What are the reporting requirements?


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.


           14.  How will United Ways ensure that this funding is reaching the most vulnerable communities? Is there a commitment to access and equity for these resources?


United Way Regina 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 local organizations seeking to apply.


United Way Regina 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.  


          15.  We’re part of national organization network, but we are governed locally. Should we look to apply to our local United Way Centraide for ECSF funds or should our national office coordinate our applications?


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.


Note:  If, at the conclusion of the open and fair application and review process, there are funds remaining, United Way Regina will identify and direct these dollars towards urgent needs programs or services missed and make every effort to ensure disproportionately underserved vulnerable groups impacted by COVID-19 have been considered.



For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Kristin Gushuliak, Performance Measurement Advisor, at kgushuliak@unitedwayregina.ca or call 306-751-4750 ext. 761 for assistance.




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

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