Emergency Community Support Fund

Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19.  Their work in our community is invaluable.


We are proud to have invested $149,130 from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) towards local charities and qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability in Maple Ridge and surrounding areas. We are pleased to announce that, through the ECSF, our Foundation has supported the following community-specific projects:


  • $15,000 was invested to fund Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council / ACT Arts Centre for Community Child/Youth Arts Virtual Learning Classroom;
  • $7,364 was invested to fund Big Brothers / Big Sisters to create a virtual mentoring program;
  • $8,415 was invested to fund Cythera Transition House Society for Virtual Counselling and Support Services;
  • $2,000 was invested to fund Diabetes Canada for Virtual “A Dose of D-Camps”;
  • $15,000 was invested to fund Friends in Need Food Bank for Food Security  non-perishable food purchases;
  • $15,000 was invested to fund Katzie First nations for community food hampers;
  • $8,363 was invested to fund Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services for Staff and Clients PPE and Sanitizing Products;
  • $7,828 was invested to fund Pain BC for Online pain support and wellness groups;
  • $5,000 was invested to fund Paws for Hope Animal Foundation with Pet aid for vulnerable citizens in need;
  • $2,650 was invested to fund Ridge Meadows Child Development Centre Society for Family support and outreach;
  • $4,000 was invested to fund Ridge Meadows Hospice Society to support Grief support for sudden/traumatic loss in time of COVID
  • $9,000 was invested to fund Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation to support a Virtual volunteer visiting program;
  • $15,000 was invested to fund Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministry for Food vouchers and $15,000 for Back to school backpacks;
  • $7,010 was invested to fund Starlight Children’s Foundation for “Play from Home” packs for chronically ill children;
  • $2,500 was invested to fund Youth Unlimited to purchase Food hampers for vulnerable students and their families;
  • $10,000 was invested to fund YWCA to support a community-based single-mothers’ support group;


We have now granted the full funding available to our community foundation and we are no longer accepting applications to ECSF. We know the need for funding is still significant and we’re continuing to advocate for additional emergency funds. If you would like to be notified if any additional funding becomes available through ECSF, please fill out this form.


We invite you to explore opportunities with the other ECSF funding intermediaries in your community. More information about other national funders is available here.


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