Funding Opportunities


* Please note: The deadline to apply for funding from the ECSF has passed - applications are no longer being accepted. 

The Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund aims to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, community-based charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support of all kinds—in particular, to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability. Demand for their services has increased dramatically.

Together, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada are collaborating with the Government of Canada to flow ECSF support to those who need it most right now. 

United Way PEI ECSF - Funding Criteria

Who can Apply?

The United Way of PEI 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. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

  • Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers
  • Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching
  • Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities
  • Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support
  • Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence
  • Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and
  • Others

What Types of Activities could be Funded?

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19
  • Sharing information and knowledge
  • Engaging and recruiting volunteers

Click here to view the ECSF application form before filling out and submitting responses online (recommended).



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Click here to access the ECSF FAQ sheet.

Click here to read the May 19th media release from United Way of PEI and Community Foundation of PEI.

The Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada are also accepting applications for separate granting streams funded through the ECSF. Canadian Red Cross will support a Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment Program and a granting program for non-profitsCommunity Foundation of PEI will also support a granting program for registered charities and qualified donees.

Here on PEI, the United Way of PEI will be investing $325,000, with a focus on projects of $25,000 and above.  The Community Foundation of PEI will be awarding $260,000 and will receive applications for grants of up to $25,000.

If you have questions or need support in completing the application, please contact: 
Andrea MacDonald, CEO United Way of PEI
(902) 892-2744


* Please note: We have suspended the application process for the Atlantic Compassion Fund as of May 28th, 2020. We encourage all charities seeking COVID-19 response funding to apply for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) above. 

The United Way of PEI’s Atlantic Compassion Fund continues to accept applications from registered charities across PEI.  Eligible organizations can apply for funding to address the needs of vulnerable populations who have increased risk and barriers due to the current public health measures in place to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19. 

Thanks to the support of the Province of PEI, private sector and individual donations, the Compassion Fund is currently supporting 21 organizations across PEI and continues to review new applications on a regular basis. 

Fund Criteria 

These funds will be available to registered charities serving marginalized community members across PEI to address immediate needs unavailable through other means. 

Eligible expenses for the fund could include: 

  • Delivery costs, where other community transportation options are not available 

  • Adequate supply of medication or essential needs. 

  • Funds for mental health support or wellness checks, not covered by regular operations 

  • Access to cleaning supplies, personal items, protective equipment/clothing 

  • Access to food for specific dietary requirements not able to be accessed through food bank network. 

Other immediate needs or supports will be considered if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Charitable organization serving those most marginalized by poverty and COVID-19 

  • Is focused on a new or greater need as a result of COVID-19  

  • Meets an immediate need 

  • Fills a gap 


ALL PEI registered charities or other qualified donees are eligible to apply - not just existing funded partners of the United Way of PEI.  

Application Process 

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of this public health crisis and will be reviewed as they are received.  Depending on the number of applications received, United Way PEI may not be able to provide the full dollar amount requested or be able to fund every application. 


For more information please contact Andrea MacDonald, CEO United Way of PEI at, (902) 892-2744.

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