Over 90 local charities receive grants for recovery efforts

December 7, 2020 – Today, United Way British Columbia (SIBC) is pleased to announce another round of COVID Relief funding that will see another 33 programs receive over $436,000 in the coming weeks. This was funded in part by the Government of Canada Emergency Community Support Fund and the United Way’s COVID Relief Fund.

In total, the United Way has now allocated close to $1.9 Million for COVID Relief in the past 6 months to 94 local charities and other qualified donees. These funds will provide financial support to programs adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020 through all the various granting programs, United Way invested nearly $4 million. However, with donations declining and the devastating effects of the pandemic, the need is far greater now than ever.

“The pandemic has brought up endless challenges for local charities and as a result, this only scratches the surface of the incredible need in the community as they adapt to COVID-19 protocols and delivery of services,” says Kahir Lalji, Executive Director of United Way SIBC. “We have seen close to a 70% increase in need and we need your help more than ever. Please consider giving of your time, talent and resources.”

In early April, United Way SIBC launched and distributed the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery fund in partnership with local donors, community foundations and the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program. In addition, United Way SIBC launched a call for applications in May for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) funded by the Government of Canada and administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

“Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue to help the most vulnerable members of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund:




United Way SIBC along with generous donors and community partners are proud to support these critical investments in our local communities during this time of exceptional need.

For more information about the COVID-19 response and a list of recipients, visit: http://unitedwaysibc.com/covid19-impact

View interactive map of ECSF allocations