COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in our region and across Canada. This pandemic has created an increase in demand for local services, shortages in supplies, and disruption in service for our community and social service organizations.

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is funded by the Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The intent of this fund is provide support to local community service organizations as they adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable community members and populations impacted by COVID-19.


Individual organizations, or multi-agency collaborations, who are working to meet the needs of vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 within the Southern Interior BC are welcome to apply.


  • Registered charity or qualified donee.
  • Located within the geographic boundaries of the United Way Southern Interior BC (Central Okanagan, South Okanagan, Similkameen, North Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap)

Community Services

The ECSF will provide financial support for community services that:

  • Address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused or worsened by COVID-19,
  • Serve one or more vulnerable groups (defined in the Applicant Guide),
  • Will be carried out with a reasonable budget before March 31st, 2021.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review both the Applicant Guide and FAQ for more information.


The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is funded by the Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), in partnership with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross.

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians.”

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

How to Apply

Eligible charities are invited to submit an application by email using the application document provided below, for grants totaling between $3,000 – $35,000. The deadline to apply is June 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. Successful applicants will be notified in July 2020.

For more information, contact Reanne Holden-Amadio, Manager of Community Investment with the United Way at

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

ECSF Application
ECSF Applicant Guide

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