Tuesday, September 15, 2020 – The national network of local United Way Centraides, in partnership with United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), have disbursed more than $95M through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The ECSF was created in response to the sudden and critical need for community services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund has equipped 3,360 programs to meet the immediate and pressing needs of vulnerable people caused or exacerbated by COVID-19. To date, this funding represents 95% of available funds with final disbursements being made in the coming weeks.
UWCC is one of three intermediary organizations* administering a portion of the ECSF, a $350M investment announced by the Government of Canada on April 21, 2020. The ECSF was designed to help charities and non-profit adapt frontline services supporting vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic in all regions of Canada.
UWCC launched its portion of the ECSF granting program on May 19, through an open application process administered by our national network of 77 local United Way and Centraide members, reaching more than 5,000 communities from coast to coast to coast. Equipped with an intimate knowledge of local issues and strong connections to local community service networks, United Way Centraides were able to make rapid, informed decisions and disburse the majority of the funds throughout the summer months to provide emergency relief to those who need it most.
The Emergency Community Support Fund is funded by the Government of Canada.
*The Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada are also disbursing funds from the ECSF through separate granting streams.