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COVID-19 is top of mind for everyone and is affecting the way we all support those who are vulnerable in our communities.  This pandemic has created an increase in demand for local services, shortages in supplies, and disruption in service.

United Ways and Centraides in Canada are pleased to provide support to local community service organizations that provide rapid, emergency community support to vulnerable community members. Applications are made available and reviewed locally.  Our aim is to make this application process simple. The application should take 15-30 minutes to complete.

These funds are being distributed as part of Employment and Social Development Canada's (ESDC) Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).  Before you begin, we encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions to fully understand what activities and expenses are allowable under this emergency funding for qualified donees.

Applicants who applied for ECSF funding in Round 1 are NOT required to re-apply. We will be re-assessing each application in full regardless if you have received funding or not. Applicants may receive expanded or new funding. If this is for a new project or service, please complete the application.


INSTRUCTIONS

This application has five (5) sections:

  • Section 1 - Eligibility
  • Section 2 - The qualified donee (your organization)
  • Section 3 - Service information
  • Section 4 - Grant request, budget and financial information
  • Section 5 - Authorization and confirmation


APPLICATION TIMELINES:

  • Application Open Date:  October 5th, 2020
  • Applications Due: Applications will be accepted from October 5th to October 30th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • Application Reviews & Decisions: Applications will be reviewed from November 2nd to November 27th, 2020.  All funding decisions will be approved and agencies notified no later than November 27th, 2020.

Applicants who applied for ECSF funding in Round 1 are NOT required to re-apply. We will be re-assessing each application in full regardless if you have received funding or not. Applicants may receive expanded or new funding. If this is for a new project or service, please complete the application.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:


If you have questions or need support in completing this application, please contact:

Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, Director of Community Impact

E: tamara@unitedwayniagara.org

P: 905-688-5050, Ext. 2109


ELIGIBILITY:

To be eligible for funding, an Agency must:

  • Meet the Eligibility Criteria as prescribed by ESDC;
  • Complete the online funding application;
  • Deliver the project as outlined in the application to the citizens of the Niagara region;
  • Agree to use the funds only for the approved project;
  • Agree to share their application information with the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide and their local respective affiliates;
  • Complete the project by March 31, 2021; and
  • Provide ongoing and final reports to United Way Niagara as requested, including financial and outcomes data.


REMEMBER: Applicants who applied for ECSF funding in Round 1 are NOT required to re-apply. We will be re-assessing each application in full regardless if you have received funding or not. Applicants may receive expanded or new funding. If this is for a new project or service, please complete the application.

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