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                               Government of Canada Releases Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund  

                               Regina, SK – September 28, 2020


Call for Applications

United Way Regina was pleased to administer a vital first round investment of over $980,000 by the Government of Canada in critical services for vulnerable people in our community to date.


United Way Regina is pleased to support an investment of $465,000 through this second round of emergency funding from the Government of Canada.


United Way Regina is accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund Round 2 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.

Si vous avez des questions ou souhaitez présenter une demande de financement au Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous à FUAC-demande@centraide.ca.


Who can apply?


United Way Regina will fund organizations in southern Saskatchewan with the exception of Estevan 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 person 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

         • Others


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 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?

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

• 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 below and begin to complete the online application, please review the Applicant Guide.

You cannot start, stop and return to complete the online application nor can you save a copy of the online application once completed, therefore we also encourage you to complete the blank ECSF Application Template before completing the online format.

Once you have read the application guide and completed the ECSF Application Template, click on the link below to complete the online application:



Frequently Asked Questions. 


1.       How well did the Emergency Community Support Fund work for community organizations in the first round?

The Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada funded more than 7,000 projects over about three months during the Fund’s first round. Those projects spanned the country and met the needs of many different communities, including Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ2S communities.


2.       Why is the Emergency Community Support Fund opening a second round when many organizations applied and were rejected for lack of funds in the first round?

The Government of Canada kept back a portion of the Emergency Community Support Fund to give it the flexibility to adjust to evolving needs and cover any gaps from the first round.

In the first round of grant funding, the three intermediaries were able to reach all vulnerable groups through funding distributed to all provinces and territories. Building on the success of the first round, the three intermediaries will distribute the remaining funds of $73.9 million through a second round of open and transparent processes, while also using a targeted approach in their outreach efforts to ensure equitable distribution across vulnerable populations.


3.       Why should I donate to United Way Centraide when you are receiving large grants from the Government of Canada?

The Emergency Community Support Fund is only providing short term grants to community serving agencies and must be spent by March 31, 2020. The funds raised by United Way Regina are intended to provide longer term sustainable funding to our network of community agencies.

4.       What size are the grants being administered by United Way Regina for ECSF Round 2?

United Way Regina will be issuing grants up to $50,000 in Southern Saskatchewan with the exception of Estevan. Note, the maximum grant amount is not guaranteed, and lesser amounts may be allocated at the discretion of United Way Regina.

5.       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.


6.       What if we are not currently a United Way or Centraide funded agency?


You do not need to be a current funded agency to apply. 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. In Round 1, 50% of funding was disbursed to new UWC partners.


7.       Which kinds of community service organizations are eligible?


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


8.       We are a non-profit, how can we access and partner with United Way Centraides to provide support to vulnerable communities?


Non-profits in Canada are playing an important role in helping to respond to local needs. 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.


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


If you would like to apply for funding to extend or expand activities already underway or to extend or expand funding already received from United Way Regina through the first phase of the ECSF, please contact Kristin Gushuliak at kgushuliak@unitedwayregina.ca or 306-751-4750 ext. 781.


10.    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.


11.   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.


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


Applications will be reviewed after October 30, 2020 and all funding allocations will be made public on or before November 27, 2020.


13.   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.


14.   May we apply to United Way Centraides, 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. 



15.   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.


16.   How will United Way Centraides 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 organizations seeking to apply.


United Way Regina will be considering several 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.  


17.   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?


No. For national networks or federations, each local member or chapter must submit its own application directly to their local United Way or Centraide in the area where the activities take place. 


18.   Can a national or provincial organization apply to support its own services to vulnerable people?

Yes. For ECSF Round 2, national or provincial charities that deliver services to vulnerable people can apply to Community Foundations of Canada. National or provincial non-profits that deliver services to vulnerable people can apply to the Canadian Red Cross.


19.   Where can we find more information? Will assistance be provided in the application process?


Organizations can find further information by referring to the Applicant Guide.




For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Kristin Gushuliak, Performance Measurement Advisor, at kgushuliak@unitedwayregina.ca or call 306-751-4750 ext. 781 for assistance.



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

Our experience over the last six months has shown us that COVID-19 does not impact all Canadians equally. Rather, it is those already struggling or on the margins who are bearing the brunt of this health crisis most profoundly. Through the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund, first launched last May, the Canadian Red CrossCommunity Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada have been proud to play a role in supporting more than 7000 community projects helping those who need it most. Now, as Canadians prepare for a second wave, we are renewing our efforts. 

Starting October 5th, the final installment of the $350 million Fund will be released by the federal government so that we can continue to flow support to charities and non-profit organizations serving our most vulnerable. We commend the Government of Canada’s continued support to community organizations and look forward to extending our work from Round 1 to further assist organizations on the front lines in their missions. Alongside public health workers, charities and non-profit organizations have been providing essential services since the pandemic was first declared. This emergency support for their work is vital, as is longer-term support so they can be around to help see our communities through the recovery from COVID-19. 

“Charities and non-profit organizations are at the heart of our communities, helping the most vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue their invaluable work.” -The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development 

More information will be available starting October 5, and organizations can apply for funding until October 30, 2020.


Quick Facts about Round 2: Emergency Community Support Fund   

  • Application portals will be open from October 5 – 30, 2020. 
  • The Canadian Red Cross Emergency Support for Community Organizations will be delivered through two main programs: 
    • Granting Program for Non-Profits 
    • Free personal protective equipment (PPE) and training on preventing disease transmission for non-profits, registered charities, and qualified donees 
    • More information on the programs through Canadian Red Cross, can be found starting October 5th on redcross.ca/communityorganizations or by calling 1-866-221-2232 
  • Community Foundations of Canada, and community foundations across Canada, will support: 
    • Granting programs for registered charities and qualified donees. More information on how to apply will be available on the Community Foundations of Canada website starting October 5th. 
  • United Way Centraide Canada, through its local United Way and Centraide members, will support: 

Granting programs for registered charities and qualified donees. More information on how to apply will be available on the United Way Centraide Canada and United Way Regina website starting October 5th.



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

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