New Emergency Community Support Funds (ECSF) Available

Since May 2020, the $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) has been helping community organizations adapt frontline services to better meet the needs of vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fund’s second round will be distributed by Canadian Red CrossCommunity Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada. To see which organization you should apply with please visit here.


Community Foundations of Canada

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS) is teaming up with Community Foundations of Canada to award $467,000 to support projects in Nova Scotia in this second round of funding. Registered charities and other qualified donees can apply through CFNS for projects that:

  • Address a well-being need caused by COVID-19;
  • Serve a group experiencing heightened vulnerability such as newcomers, refugees, women & girls, official language minority communities, LGBTQ2 people, Indigenous people and racialized people such as Black Canadian, Chinese and South Asian and others.
  • Will be completed before March 31, 2021.

Organizations who submitted applications in the first round are welcome to re-apply. CFNS is working with United Ways across the province to distribute the ECSF and wishes to remind applicants that organizations can only receive ECSF funding from one of us for the same project costs. Unlike Round 1, CFNS will not be conducting a rolling application process for this round but will instead review all applications after the portal closes on October 30th, 2020.

Apply Today


United Way

Local registered charities who primarily serve people living in poverty are encouraged to apply to United Way for funding. Each United Way is managing applications for their local area, with the exception of Halifax, which is also accepting applications for areas not served by a United Way (Guysborough, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis Valley, Kings, or Hants County). Contact your area’s United Way for their application link. For more information on which organization to apply to, please refer to the Applicant Guide. Please note that funds are limited and some applications have a cap. The deadline for applying is October 30 and funds must be used by March 31, 2021.

Apply Today


Red Cross

Across the country, the not-for-profit sector has been under threat. Each door forced to close leaves vulnerable Canadians without support. To keep these doors open, the Canadian Red Cross is launching a second round of applications for two programs for community organizations who continue delivering vital services to those most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19.

These programs are made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Canada Emergency Community Support Fund.

Apply Today