Funding Opportunities


** Please note that the application period for the second round of ECSF funding is now closed. 

A second call for applications for the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) will be available from October 5 to October 30th. 

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. This Fund is designed to help organizations carry out their vital work in the coming months to ensure no one is left behind.

Who Can Apply? 

The United Way of PEI will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19. The total fund requested must be above $20,000.

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.

What types of activities could be funded?

Food Security

prepared meals; delivery service; hampers/baskets

Financial Wellness

financial literacy or coaching; access to income supports

Home Care or Personal Support

for seniors, Elders, and persons with disabilities

Health & Hygiene

health info.; medication; personal hygiene & medical supplies

Information & Navigation

providing information; navigating supports

Legal Support

tools & resources; legal clinics, etc.

Mental Health & Wellness

peer support; crisis support


housing; crisis support

Personal Safety

info.; violence & abuse support; violence & abuse prevention

Social Inclusion & Learning

friendly conversation; social activities; learning


access to safe transport to essential appointments and errands



Apply for Funding

To submit your application, please fill out the Application Form and email it to with the subject line “ECSF Application – [your organization name]”.

If your organization is requesting funding for more than one service/activity/program, please fill out one form per program. If necessary, you can send a budget summary as a separate file with your application.

  • Application Open Date: October 5, 2020
  • Applications Due: October 30, 2020
  • Applications Decisions: November 27, 2020

For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact:

United Way of Prince Edward Island
Cecilia Jorge, Data Specialist / Admin Assistant
Office mainline: 902-894-8202 / Toll Free: 1-877-902-4438

Si vous avez des questions ou souhaitez présenter une demande de financement au Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous à Jill Chapman:


* 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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United Way of Prince Edward Island
180 Kent Street, 2nd Floor
PO Box 247
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 7K4

Toll Free: 1-877-902-4438
Phone: 902-894-8202
Fax: 902-894-9643

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