United Way issues open call for $1.3M Emergency Community Support Fund

United Way Elgin Middlesex is accepting local funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ECSF was announced by the Government of Canada 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,” says The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians.”

“We are a proud local partner in administering the COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund funded by the Government of Canada, alongside the London Community Foundation.”

Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex

United Way Elgin Middlesex is proud to support the important investment of approximately $1.3M into our local communities. Registered charities who provide supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to receive funding.

Priority will be given to frontline social service organizations who provide services to vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, newcomers, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more.

“We are a proud local partner in administering the COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund funded by the Government of Canada, alongside the London Community Foundation,” says Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex. “Together, we can keep our region strong by ensuring rapid relief reaches those who need it most.”

Funding applications are being accepted by United Way Elgin Middlesex from local frontline social service agencies from May 19 to June 12, 2020. Funds will be disbursed by July 31.

For details, visit: http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/ecsf/