Government of Canada funding for social sector accepting applications until June 26

 Kelowna, BC (May 19, 2020) – United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) announced today the launch of the funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to local non-profits adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ECSF was announced by the Government of Canada and is administered in collaboration 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

COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in our region and across Canada. In early April, United Way launched a campaign for the COVID-19 Relief Fund as part of an emergency response plan. Phase 1 of that funding stream is being announced this month and over 20 local charities will receive funding to support programs and essential services for vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

“United Way SIBC is proud to support these important investments into our local communities that stretch from Golden to Osoyoos and over to Princeton,” says Kahir Lalji, Executive Director. “We encourage any non-profits who are impacted by the effects of the pandemic to apply. Collectively, we will ensure that those facing heightened and deepened unignorable issues get the help they need.”

More information and to apply, visit:  Applications will be accepted until June 26, 2020 and funding can be expected as early as July.




About United Way Southern Interior BC: United Way Southern Interior BC serves the communities of the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen regions. United Way SIBC builds on 70 years of community investment. Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way invests time and resources in three focus areas that support all that kids can be, move people from poverty to possibility and build healthy, strong communities.  For more information, visit or call 1-855-232-1321.

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