The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. Together, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada are collaborating with the Government of Canada to flow ECSF support to those who need it most right now.

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. The demand for their services has increased dramatically. The Fund is designed to help these organizations carry out their vital work to ensure no one is left behind. We are pleased to support this vital investment by the Government of Canada in critical services for vulnerable people in our community.

Of the $350 million, we have received $708,000 to help front-line service agencies in our region support your vulnerable neighbours.

All the eligible organizations who are working to meet the needs of vulnerable people impact ed by COVID-19 within the Northern BC region are welcome to apply for the funding.

Funded by the Government of Canada.


United Way of Northern BC will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19.

Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number or is otherwise a qualified donee (as set out by the CRA) and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19. Alternately, non-profit agencies that are not qualified donees may also be eligible, please contact UWNBC at to inquire.

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.

For more details, please refer to the ECSF APPLICATION GUIDE.




Once completed please email the applications to Applications will be accepted until June 29, 2020. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.



Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and application guide.

For questions not addressed in these resources, please call us at 250-561-1040 or email us at for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

United Way of Northern BC has not established a minimum or maximum grant amount. We will be issuing grants based on the proposed services, associated amounts requested and overall demand.

The ECSF is a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada, and a significant portion is being delivered through United Ways Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian Red Cross across the country. United Way of Northern BC will be allocating $708,088 to agencies in communities throughout Northern BC.

Yes, ECSF resources can enhance and expand your current COVID-19 funded community service so long as expenses are not counted twice.

We are committed to ensuring that funds are broadly available to community service organizations and agencies working to provide services and support vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. You do not need to be a current funded agency to apply.

Organizations providing front-line services to vulnerable populations impact by COVID-19 are eligible to apply, including registered charities, and other qualified donees.  Check the Canada Revenue Agency list of qualified donees by clicking here.

Non-profits in Canada are playing an important role in helping to respond to local needs. Non-profit community organizations delivering front-line services may be supported through a qualified donee that is acting as a trustee. Please feel free to apply along with confirmation of your sponsoring qualified donee.

In certain circumstances, United Way of Northern BC may support delivery of services through a Non-profit under an agent agreement. If you are interested in partnering to respond to local needs, please contact us directly to discuss by emailing us at


The Canadian Red Cross has launched a granting program for Non-profits. To find out more about their program please visit

If activities or services are underway, you can apply for additional resources to expand and/or extend the delivery of service for a longer time (up to March 31, 2021).

Yes. ECSF funds cannot fund any expenses (including wages) already covered by another source, but can complement existing sources, including the wage subsidy.

Community Services Organizations may apply for more than one service. Please submit separate applications for each proposed service.

Applications will be reviewed starting on June 1, 2020 and continue on a rolling basis. All funding allocations will be made public on or before July 31, 2020.

The purpose of the ECSF is to resource front-line services supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Eligible expenses include staffing, equipment, supplies, and related operating costs that allow organizations to provide and deliver services that respond to the current crisis.

Yes. Applicants may not, however, apply to more than one funder for the same program activities and related costs. The three intermediaries will be coordinating locally to ensure that funds are being distributed to have the best possible local reach to serve vulnerable populations.

The reporting requirements for this funding will focus primarily on number of services and clients served, and organizations will be expected to periodically provide updates to these numbers throughout the period of the grant. Additional details will be shared with successful applicants.

United Way of Northern BC is committed to ensuring an open and fair application and review process. We will be working to promote this funding opportunity throughout our community and to support organizations seeking to apply.

United Way of Northern BC will be considering a number of equity dimensions as they make decisions on how these resources will be allocated locally. These can include populations served, geographic balance, rural and remote access or other systemic challenges.

Resources are being distributed across the country through local offices. Local chapters of national organizations should apply directly to their local United Way.

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