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Emergency Community Support Fund

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.

The Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations.

The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including 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 Mission, BC to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF Round 2, we will be investing $50,000.00 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations.

Organizations can apply for the second round starting October 5, 2020. 

Please note: 

At CFC, we want to shift power to those who best know the needs of our communities and to empower decision-making at the local level. Local community foundations will be making grant decisions based on the needs of their vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.  

National or regional charities should apply to the local community foundation where their project activities will take place. There are only two scenarios where applicants may apply to Community Foundations of Canada as their local community foundation:

  1. If there is no local community foundation where the project activities take place; 
  2. If the project is solely digital or mobile (i.e. there is no programming conducted in person) and has a national/regional reach.
Who Should You Apply To?


  • Community Foundations of Canada – Local community foundations across Canada will accept and assess applications from qualified donees through a centralized national portal.
  • United Way Centraide Canada – Local United Way Centraide members will accept and assess grant applications from charities through local portals. In some cases, local United Way Centraide members may also support non-profit organizations through an appropriate trustee relationship with a qualified donee.
  • Canadian Red Cross – A national granting stream will be managed alongside regional and local partners to support non-profit organizations. The Canadian Red Cross will also manage a PPE and PDT program.

See this Infographic for further information.




Eligible Organizations

The ECSF run by CFC will support qualified donees in running projects at the community level that serve vulnerable populations that have been especially affected by COVID-19. Eligible projects include ongoing programs that meet the eligibility criteria outlined in this document. Qualified donees should be in touch with their local community foundation to learn more about available grant sizes.

Applicants will be required to share how their project assists vulnerable populations, the populations they serve, and the impact of the project on the community.

Examples of qualified donees include:

  • registered charities;
  • registered Canadian amateur athletic associations;
  • registered Canadian municipalities;
  • registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada.

Those ineligible to apply include:

  • Individuals
  • the Government of Canada (federal government);
  • provincial and territorial governments;
  • the Crown; and
  • the United Nations.

Qualified donees must be registered on the CRA’s list of qualified donees.



Eligible Projects

Qualified donees will be funded by Mission Community Foundation.
Non-Profit Organizations will be funded through the Canadian Red Cross.

The ESCF will provide immediate financial support for projects that are serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. Qualified donees may apply for more than one grant, as long as each application describes a distinct project.

Specifically, eligible projects will:

  • Clearly address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19;
  • Serve one or more vulnerable groups (defined below);
  • Be carried out in a short timeframe with a reasonable budget, before March 31, 2021

Examples of eligible projects where vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19 include:

  • Creation of a digital health platform to continue mental health and addictions recovery programming
  • Development and delivery of a virtual mental health program for caregivers
  • Purchase of food kits for marginalized families experiencing interrupted support services
  • Addition of meal service staff at a women’s shelter to meet public health guidelines
  • Food purchase assistance for members living on-reserve, where supplies and delivery are interrupted
  • Purchase of a freezer by a food bank to accommodate rise in food orders
  • Technology purchase and service enabling seniors in-residence to connect with their families virtually
  • Increased staffing and supplies at a shelter for women and children fleeing violence
  • Preparing and delivering food for persons with disabilities
  • Remote arts programming for vulnerable youth
  • Procurement and delivery of educational materials to Aboriginal Friendship Centre families
  • Development of online social skills curriculum for individuals with special needs, replacing in-person programming
  • Deployment of a social worker to provide Deaf community with information on COVID-19 and support to navigate impact relief services

 Vulnerable populations include:

 Children, Youth or Elderly

  • Children and youth (ages 0-29)
  • Youth ageing out of care
  • Seniors and Elders (in and not in care)

 Vulnerable Workers

  • Caregivers
  • Workers who are vulnerable (essential, temporary foreign, those in the informal labour market)

Populations Requiring Specific Care or Supports

  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People struggling with addiction
  • People living with mental illness
  • People with low-income or living in poverty
  • Persons with disabilities
  • People experiencing domestic or gender-based violence
  • People living in group homes or supportive living (under the age of 55)
  • Prison populations (detained and incarcerated)
  • Veterans
  • Students (postsecondary)

Marginalized Communities in Canada

  • Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs)
  • Women and girls
  • Members of LGBTQ2s+ communities
  • Newcomers (Permanent and temporary residents including immigrants and refugees)
  • Racialized people (Arab, Black, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Other racialized groups)
  • Indigenous people (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)

Eligible Expenses

All budget items must be project-related and must be incurred between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Eligible expenditures will vary depending on the project. The list below are examples of possible expenditures.

  • Wages and employment-related costs for existing or additional staff;
  • Fees for professional service;
  • Disability supports for staff of the Grant Recipient;
  • Materials and supplies;
  • Printing and communication;
  • Travel costs;
  • Utilities;
  • Insurance;
  • Rental of premises;
  • Lease, purchase and maintenance of equipment;
  • Performance monitoring and reporting costs;
  • Data collection;
  • Knowledge development activities; and
  • Other administrative costs associated with the project.

Ineligible Projects and Expenditures

Ineligible projects include:

  • Projects that are designed for fundraising purposes,
  • Profit generating projects or activities,
  • Any activity taking place outside of Canada
  • Projects that have received funding through another ECSF intermediary (Red Cross or United Way)

The following expenditures are ineligible, and will not be supported by the ECSF:

  • Purchase of real property (land or building)
  • Expenses incurred prior to April 1, 2020
  • Expenses incurred after March 31, 2021

Any expenses that are covered by another funding source (including the Government of Canada, Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada or their local affiliates). Projects may receive funding from other sources, but those funds may not cover the same expenses as this grant.




If you have a project that matches these criteria, the application is designed to be straightforward and efficient. The ECSF has simple eligibility criteria and a quick application process and reporting procedure. We invite you to learn more below and apply starting today.

If you are a national or provincial charity please submit to the national/provincial stream.  More information is available in our Applicant Guide. 

Applicants who received ECSF funding in Round 1 can submit an application in Round 2 for project costs which were not funded in Round 1.  Applicants cannot receive funding twice for the same project costs. Applicants must submit a budget to identify new eligible costs.

Applicants who were declined in Round 1 of ECSF can submit an application for the same or different project costs, as long as funding for the project was not provided by any of the ECSF funding intermediaries in Round 1.

Please note Mission Community Foundation can only support applications within the Mission School District Boundaries. Applications outside of our catchment area should be directed to your local Community Foundation or Community Foundations Canada.

Deadline for submission is 11:59PST on October 30, 2020. 

All applications are processed online via the Community Foundations Canada Granting portal.


The application is designed to be straightforward and efficient.  It should take your organization about 20 minutes to complete.

Reporting Requirements


Community foundations and grantees who receive funding through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) must recognize the Government of Canada for its financial support.

Please respect the following Acknowledgment Guidelines in any communications activities or materials related to the ECSF-funded project. This includes but is not limited to: signage, web content (including a local online application portal), social media content, media advisories, news releases, events or speaking remarks about the program or project supported by the ECSF.

The [name of project or organization] is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Mission Community Foundation.


Grant Recipients

Organizations receiving Grants from Mission Community Foundation’s ECSF Fund will be displayed here.

Youth Unlimited – My House  $20,000.00

Mission Arts Council  $2,500.00

Mission Hospice $10,000.00

Youth Unlimited – Jesters Theatre $2,000.00

Big Brothers & Sisters $7,364.00

The SARA for Women Society  $19,051.00

Book Clubs for Inmates $5,000.00

Startlight Childrens Foundation $4,280.00

Zajac Ranch $4,805.00

ROUND 1 TOTAL Grants = $75,000.00