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Now Accepting Applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Round 2

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is accepting applications for Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund. 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 Government of Canada has now released the 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/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is proud to support this important additional investment of $390,000 into our local community.

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Who can Apply?

UWWEC will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19.

Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a qualified donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19.

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more.

All local applications must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19.
  • Serve one or more vulnerable populations during COVID-19.
  • Can be carried out in a short time frame (from date of signature to March 31, 2021) with a reasonable budget.
  • Has not secured funds to cover the costs of the activities for which they have applied from another intermediary, another federal COVID-19 response program or a different source.
  • Must serve vulnerable populations in Windsor and/or Essex County

How to Apply

Before you begin, we encourage you to review the Applicant Guide and Budget Worksheet. The online application form will not save your progress for later. You may wish to download the Application Worksheet and complete in advance, and then paste your responses into the online form when you are ready.

Applications Open:      October 5, 2020
Application Deadline:  October 30, 2020
Decisions Announced: November 27, 2020
Grant Term:                  December 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021

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If you require assistance completing the application, please contact:

Alicea Fleming
Manager of Community Investments 

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ECSF Funded Projects

In Round One of ECSF, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County received 58 applications totaling over $3.5M in requested funding. We were able to invest $1,339,890 in 35 projects providing a range of supports to vulnerable populations across Windsor and Essex County.


Organization, Programs/Services Funded as of July 1, 2020

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


Organization, Programs/Services Funded as of July 31, 2020

After School Program Collaborative
(Big Brothers Big Sisters, CommUnity Partnership, Housing Information Services, South Essex Community Council, United Way Windsor-Essex)
Virtual After School Program
Virtual program delivery, capacity building, and technology for collaborative of after-school programs serving 200 children and youth in priority neighbourhoods.

Brain Injury Association of Windsor Essex
Brain Connect Project
This project will provide virtual connectivity to support groups for 35 survivors and caregivers affected by a brain injury.

Community Support Centre of Essex County
Wellness Wednesdays
This project will connect 45 seniors to virtual wellness and physical activities delivered digitally.

Downtown Mission
Windsor Youth Centre Service Navigation Project
This project will provide 40 young people living in poverty and experiencing homelessness with supports and service navigation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative
LIFT RE:ACT Online Program
This program is an online version of a 90-day outpatient program that will support 50 individuals recovering from addictions and trauma.

Essex County Chinese Canadian Association
COVID-19 Modifications
This project will provide personal protective equipment and allow for office modifications required as a result of COVID-19.

Global Resource Centre & Justice for Migrant Workers
Supports for Migrant Workers
This initiative will provide culturally appropriate food, personal protective equipment, and educational resources for temporary foreign workers in Essex County.

Legal Assistance of Windsor
Migrant Worker Women and Gender-Based Violence Project
This project will provide information, support, and advocacy to migrant worker women through a community kitchen engagement and empowerment strategy.

Legal Assistance of Windsor
Migrant Worker Group
This project will empower migrant workers to co-develop and implement supports to enhance financial wellness, physical and mental health, access to legal supports, and social inclusion of migrant workers in Essex County.

National Zakat Foundation
Nisa Homes Program
This project will increase supports for 100 immigrant, refugee, or non-status Muslim women and their children at risk of homelessness.

Newcomer Collaborative
(YMCA, Multicultural Council of Windsor-Essex County, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training, College Boreal, Unemployed Help Centre, Greater Essex County District School Board, New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence Inc., South Essex Community Council)
Newcomer Education – Technology, Access, and Support
Collaborative of 8 agencies to provide technology, access and support for 150 low-income Newcomers to participate in online English learning.

South Asian Centre of Windsor
South Asian Health Information Services
This project will provide personal protective equipment, office modifications, and health information services to better support South Asian community members.

Seniors Collaborative
(Alzheimer Society Windsor-Essex, Amherstburg Community Services, Community Support Centre of Essex County, Life After Fifty, South Essex Community Council, VON Windsor-Essex, Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community, Windsor Essex Community Health Centre)
Windsor Essex Seniors Call Assurance Program
Collaborative of 8 agencies to operate a seniors’ call assurance line and deliver individualized supports to seniors across Windsor-Essex County.

Unemployed Help Centre
Food Assistance Helpline Project
The Food Assistance Helpline Intake Worker will arrange appropriate food supports through the Windsor-Essex Food Bank Association for individuals and families seeking help.

Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society
COVID-19 Relief Resource Room
This project will provide technology devices and other supplies to support Resource Parents in Windsor-Essex County.

Windsor Essex Child/Youth Advocacy Centre
WECYAC Advocate Services
This project will increase available support services to victims of child abuse and their non offending care givers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Windsor Islamic Association
Islamic Social and Welfare Assistance
This project will provide personal protective equipment kits for over 500 individuals and families.

Windsor Public Library
Device Home Delivery Project
This project will provide technology devices for a loaning program to ensure blind and handicapped seniors have access to information and maintain meaningful social connections.

Workforce Windsor-Essex (in partnership with South Essex Community Council)
Taking Your Job Search Online
This project will create virtual resources to assist job seekers in Windsor-Essex during COVID-19 pandemic.

YMCA Southwestern Ontario
Day Camp for At-Risk Kids
This project will enable the delivery of a modified essential day camp for kids of families with no alternative care this summer.

Youth Connection Association
COVID-19 Mental Health and Counselling
This project will provide virtual support and computer training for vulnerable youth.



Funded by the Government of Canada


United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County
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