** 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?
prepared meals; delivery service; hampers/baskets
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
tools & resources; legal clinics, etc.
Mental Health & Wellness
peer support; crisis support
housing; crisis support
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, (902) 892-2744.