Local community service organizations invited to apply to new Emergency Community Support Fund

United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County (UWWEC) is accepting 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 and is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC).

This $350 million in federal funding has been granted to the three national non-profit organizations to help support community services across all regions of Canada. The Fund will provide a much-needed boost to local organizations to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable individuals and families affected by COVID-19. All community service organizations that meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

UWWEC is proud to support the important investment of $926,000 into our community through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. Local community service organizations can apply for funding online starting May, 19, 2020. UWWEC, Windsor Essex Community Foundation, and Canadian Red Cross will all be accepting applications and will work together to ensure there is no duplication in funds distributed to local organizations in the communities they serve. The initial round of applications received will be reviewed starting June 2.

“With this funding, and the help of our friends at United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, our government is supporting community organizations and non-profits so that they can adapt to COVID-19 and continue the heroic and vital work of supporting the hardest hit neighbours in our community,” says Irek Kusmierczyk, MP, Windsor-Tecumseh.

United Way and Windsor Essex Community Foundation will also 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 for applicant organizations:

Monday, May 25, 2020  | 10am to 11 am or 2pm to 3pm

Dates and registration links for the Virtual Information Sessions are also posted online at www.weareunited.com/funding.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with local organizations to swiftly implement the Emergency Community Support Fund in Windsor-Essex to ensure that rapid relief reaches those that need it the most,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO of United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. “We are very grateful to the federal government for recognizing the needs of Canada’s social safety net and the non-profit champions who serve our most vulnerable populations.”

All 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 difference source.
  • Must serve vulnerable populations in Windsor and/or Essex County

Learn more about ECSF requirements and how to apply at

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

Alicea Fleming
Manager of Community Investments
afleming@weareunited.com | 519-259-6174

Media Contact: Angela Kharboutli, Manager, Marketing & Communications
akharboutli@weareunited.com | W: 519-259-6169 | M: 519-562-7841


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