Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.
Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in Maple Ridge and surrounding areas to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing additional funds towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations. Organizations can apply starting on May 19, 2020. Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply:
What is a Qualified Donee?
The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) run by Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) will support qualified donees in running projects at the community level that serve vulnerable populations that have been especially affected by COVID-19. Eligible projects include ongoing programs that meet the eligibility criteria.
Applicants will be required to share how their project assists vulnerable populations, the populations they serve, and the impact of the project on the community.
Examples of qualified donees include:
- registered charities;
- registered Canadian amateur athletic associations;
- registered Canadian municipalities;
- registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada.
Those ineligible to apply include:
- the Government of Canada (federal government);
- provincial and territorial governments;
- the Crown; and
- the United Nations.
Qualified donees must be registered on the CRA’s list of qualified donees.
What is considered a Vulnerable Population?
Children, Youth or Elderly
- Children and youth (ages 0-29)
- Youth ageing out of care
- Seniors and Elders (in and not in care)
- Workers who are vulnerable (essential, temporary foreign, those in the informal labour market)
Populations Requiring Specific Care or Supports
- People experiencing homelessness
- People struggling with addiction
- People living with mental illness
- People with low-income or living in poverty
- Persons with disabilities
- People experiencing domestic or gender-based violence
- People living in group homes or supportive living (under the age of 55)
- Prison populations (detained and incarcerated)
- Students (postsecondary)
Marginalized Communities in Canada
- Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs)
- Women and girls
- Members of LGBTQ2s+ communities
- Newcomers (Permanent and temporary residents including immigrants and refugees)
- Racialized people (Arab, Black, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Other racialized groups)
- Indigenous people (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
What is an Eligible Project?
The ESCF will provide immediate financial support for projects that are serving vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. Qualified donees may apply for more than one grant, as long as each application describes a distinct project.
Specifically, eligible projects will:
- Clearly address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19;
- Serve one or more vulnerable groups (defined below);
- Be carried out in a short timeframe with a reasonable budget, before March 31, 2021
Examples of eligible projects where vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19 include:
- Creation of a digital health platform to continue mental health and addictions recovery programming
- Development and delivery of a virtual mental health program for caregivers
- Purchase of food kits for marginalized families experiencing interrupted support services
- Addition of meal service staff at a women’s shelter to meet public health guidelines
- Food purchase assistance for members living on-reserve, where supplies and delivery are interrupted
- Purchase of a freezer by a food bank to accommodate rise in food orders
- Technology purchase and service enabling seniors in-residence to connect with their families virtually
- Increased staffing and supplies at a shelter for women and children fleeing violence
- Preparing and delivering food for persons with disabilities
- Remote arts programming for vulnerable youth
- Procurement and delivery of educational materials to Aboriginal Friendship Centre families
- Development of online social skills curriculum for individuals with special needs, replacing in-person programming
- Deployment of a social worker to provide Deaf community with information on COVID-19 and support to navigate impact relief services