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Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

The Emergency Community Support Fund will help charities serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and is being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast. United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is proud to support the investment of $926,000 into our community through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund.

Grant applications are no longer being accepted by United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County for the Emergency Community Support Fund.

All funding announcements will be made before July 31, 2020.
If you have questions about this funding or the status of your application, please contact:

Alicea Fleming
Manager of Community Investments  

Emergency Community Support Fund Investments – Round 1

The Emergency Community Support Fund accepted applications from any charitable organization serving Windsor-Essex County that is focused on serving the emergency needs of vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19.

We have invested in 14 programs/services to date, with additional application reviews to occur through July 2020.

Organization, Program/Service

Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario
ALSO Connex
ALSO Connex will provide virtual support to 70 consumers to decrease social isolation as a result of COVID-19.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex
Waiting List Summer Camp Program
This camp will assist 48 children and youth ages 6-16 waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister.

CommUnity Partnership
Safe at Home Project
This project will provide proactive and reactive services to 150 individuals, to prevent evictions within low-income housing resulting from the impacts of COVID-19.

Community Refugee Fund - Angela Rose House
Shelter Modifications Project
This project will ensure 50 individuals are provided shelter by supporting modifications and technology access that will enable operation at maximum capacity during COVID-19 restrictions.

Community Refugee Fund
Access to Technology Project
The project will assist 50 newcomer refugees that normally would have direct access (face-to-face) to settlement providers and agencies in accessing services during COVID-19 by ensuring they have the required technology.

Family Services Windsor-Essex
COVID-19 Counselling Support Line
A 24/7 telephone and counselling line offering qualified counsellors to provide immediate telephone counselling, support and referral services to individuals 16 years of age and older who are in need of mental health support and/or practical referrals and information (i.e. financial support) due to issues associated with and related to COVID-19.

Legal Assistance of Windsor
Access to Technology Project
This service will help to support 100 low-income individuals, newcomers, and marginalized community members by accessing technology to participate in legal proceedings and other essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diocese of London Refugee Ministries
Settlement Services Project
This project will provide technology and PPE to allow for continued service for 100 refugee claimants and those with precarious immigration status to access services safely.

Victorian Order of Nurses – Ontario Branch
Visiting Nursing Project
This project will supply medical tools to allow for continued provision of community-based home nursing care for over 1200 individuals while maintaining a safe patient environment and decreasing potential spread of COVID-19.

Windsor-Essex Transgender and Allied Support
Harm Reduction Chemical Dependency Program
Virtual harm reduction services will help 250 members of the LGBTQ2+ community and allies who are seeking addiction support and who are not able to access in-person services due to COVID-19.

Matthew House Refugee Centre
Safe Transportation Project
This project will ensure the safe transportation to access medical appointments, nutrition supports, and essential items for 180 individuals.

The Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women
Technology for Social Inclusion and Learning
This project will eliminate barriers for 60 low-income immigrant and refugee women that have been exacerbated by the pandemic to enable active participation in training and language courses, by purchasing electronic devices for long-term use.

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario
Summer Educational Toolkits
This program will provide summer activity toolkits for 630 children in low-income or at-risk neighbourhoods that focus on offline learning and play.

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario
Virtual Babysitting & Home Alone Course
This project will provide free online courses for 320 youth who need the confidence to be home alone or develop skills to babysit family and neighbours during the COVID-19 pandemic.


For questions not addressed in the resources provided, please contact:

Alicea Fleming
Manager of Community Investments  



Funded by the Government of Canada


United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
300 Giles Boulevard East, Unit A1, Windsor, Ontario N9A 4C4

t: 519-258-0000 | f: 519-258-2346 | | Charitable Registration #: 108160334 RR0001