The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) accepted applications from May 19 until July 27, 2020.

Community foundations across the country, alongside the Community Foundations of Canada team, reviewed and approved grants at a rapid rate to respond to the pandemic. The need for emergency response to COVID-19 is significant. In communities across Canada, the demand for the ECSF activated through Community Foundations of Canada has exceeded the funds available. Learn more about the projects and organizations that have received funding.

“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.”


For more information, visit our program initiative page, our FAQs, and our press release. If your ECSF project is being funded by a community foundation or CFC and you have any questions please reach out to

Overview of Applications

There is significant demand for emergency support funding to assist communities experiencing heightened vulnerability due to COVID-19. CFC is administering a small part of the overall $350M made available by the Government of Canada. More information about other national funders is available here.

Projects Receiving Funding

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Granting Breakdown Based on Groups Experiencing Vulnerability

When submitting an application, applicants were required to indicate up to three groups that would be supported through their work. The below visualization breaks down the primary groups selected for funding, but many projects serve more than one group.

Please note, the above breakdown only includes data related to applications submitted through the CFC national application portal. It does not include results for the other ECSF national intermediaries.