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Now accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. UWWEC is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

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. Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19.

How to Apply

We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible. Applications will be accepted and reviewed in two rounds. Depending on the volume of applications received in Round 1, we may hold some applications for the Round 2 review period. You will be notified if your application will be considered for Round 2.

Round 1
Applications Due: June 2, 2020
Decisions: June 26, 2020
Funding Start Date: July 1, 2020
Round 2
Applications Due: July 1, 2020
Decisions: July 24, 2020
Funding Start Date: July 31, 2020

Before you begin, we encourage you to review the Application Guide and Budget Worksheet. Note that the application is an electronic form. Once you begin, you will not be able to save your work to return later. You may wish to complete the Application Worksheet in advance which contains all the application questions. You will be prompted to submit your completed Budget Worksheet by email while filling out the application.



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United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County and Windsor Essex Community Foundation will be hosting joint ECSF Application Information Sessions to share more information on the application process and answer questions about the Fund.

Virtual Information Session Registration:

Monday, May 25, 2020 | 10 AM to 11 AM or 2 PM to 3 PM


For questions not addressed in the resources provided or for assistance with completing the application, please contact:

Alicea Fleming
Manager of Community Investments  

Note: For Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada application requirements, please see their websites. Please apply to only one of the partner organizations for each proposed service. If you are applying for multiple services, complete a separate application for each service. You may apply to separate partner organizations for separate services. All three partners will work together to ensure no duplication in funds distributed.



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