United Way announces open call for round 2 ECSF funding

United Way Elgin Middlesex is accepting local funding applications for round two of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) from October 5 to October 30, 2020The fund continues to provide financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of Canada has released this balance of funding for ECSF and it is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.  

United Way Elgin Middlesex is proud to support this important additional investment of approximately $500,000 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. 

“Charities and non-profit organizations are at the heart of our communities, helping the most vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis,” says The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue their invaluable work.”

This second round of funding valued at $73.9M completes a total investment of $350M by the Federal government to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19The first round funded more than 7,000 projects over three months.  

“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 October 5 to October 30, 2020.

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