United Way of Prince Edward Island and Community Foundation of PEI to deliver Emergency Community Support Fund to Island charities


The United Way of Prince Edward Island and the Community Foundation of PEI (CFPEI) will be providing $585,000 in combined funding to support PEI charities responding to COVID-19 as part of a new partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, funded through the Government of Canada’s $350M Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).

This vast national effort aims to support vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Vulnerable groups are less prepared to deal with the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19, resulting in greater need for critical community-based supports.  The ECSF will help registered charities provide essential supports during this pandemic.   

Effective May 19, United Way of PEI and the Community Foundation of PEI will be accepting applications for funding from qualified donees. Grants will support services that address a social inclusion or well-being need of a vulnerable population related to the pandemic. Grants can be used for staffing, materials and supplies, resource needs or other requirements to address immediate and emergency needs of Islanders related to COVID-19.

Funding will be issued on an ongoing basis through July 2020 as funds allow. Charities and community organizations are invited to visit United Way (https://www.peiunitedway.com/) or Community Foundation (https://cfpei.ca/) websites for eligibility and application details.  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. 

“As the pandemic continues, we are seeing new and complex needs emerge and it’s imperative that local charities have the resources required to adapt and expand to meet these needs” says Andrea MacDonald CEO, United Way of PEI.  “United Way is proud to support this important investment that will allow charities to continue their efforts supporting the most vulnerable in our society.” 

“This is a vital step in the fight against COVID-19,” says CFPEI Executive Director, Kent Hudson. “Local charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now. This additional funding is a much-needed boost to their efforts. We’re looking forward to flowing funds quickly to ensure no one in our community is left behind.”

The Emergency Community Support Fund was initially announced on April 21, 2020 by the Prime Minister of Canada. It is part of a broad series of emergency response measures by the Government of Canada.  

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians.” - The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. 

“At Community Foundations of Canada, our purpose to “relentlessly pursue a future where everyone belongs” has never felt more important than it does right now,” said Andrea Dicks, Community Foundations of Canada President. “We’re grateful for the leadership of local community foundations like the Community Foundation of PEI, who are stepping forward to activate this Fund and support their community as it navigates COVID-19. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s contribution, our network will support local organizations serving vulnerable groups, helping us set the stage for more inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities.”

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APPLY FOR UWPEI ECSF FUNDING (ENGLISH APPLICATION)

FAIRE UNE DEMANDE DE FINANCEMENT UWPEI (DEMANDE FRANÇAISE)

For more information:

United Way PEI
Andrea MacDonald, CEO
amacdonald@peiunitedway.com – 902-892-2744 

Community Foundation of PEI
Kent Hudson, Executive Director
khudson@cfpei.ca - 902-394-3790 

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