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Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF Round 1&2)

Second Round of Funding is now closed

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 once again 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 locally in Waterloo Region to ensure that our citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, CWCF will be investing an additional $58,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting people experiencing heightened vulnerability.

How do organizations apply/ What is eligible for funding?

  • You can apply for funding between October 5, 2020 and October 30, 2020. Applications must be submitted before 11:59 pm
  • The program is to help those living in Centre Wellington, Wellington North, Minto and Mapleton. Applications can be focused on either one of these areas or a combination of areas.
  • To learn about what is eligible for funding through CWCF, and HOW TO APPLY, visit the ECSF PAGE on the Community Foundations of Canada website.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone at CWCF about the Emergency Community Support Fund, please 888-713-4083 or email info@cwcfoundation.ca.


The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada to support support qualified donees in running projects at the community level that serve vulnerable populations that have been especially affected by COVID-19.

The Government of Canada has partnered with national intermediaries, namely, Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada, to deliver the ECSF. While intermediaries are managing their respective funding streams separately, they are coordinating to ensure funding flows swiftly to organizations. See the infographic to learn more about what intermediary is funding and where you can apply.

“This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19,” says Randall Howard, CWCF Chair. “Local charities and non-profit organizations are working tirelessly to support those in our community who need it most. This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts and significantly accelerates our ongoing consultations and granting through our COVID-19 Fund. We’re looking forward to flowing funds quickly to ensure no one in our community is left behind.”

Al funds have now been allocated. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the program, please contact us at grants@cwcfoundations.ca.