United Way COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund

Starting October 5, 2020, United Way Winnipeg will be accepting applications for a second round of funding for direct services to vulnerable populations within Winnipeg and rural and northern Manitoba who are impacted by COVID-19.  

COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations in Canada. The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to help charities and nonprofit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. 

The Emergency Community Support Fund first opened to receive applications on May 19, 2020. The first round of funding supported projects in every province and territory. The Fund’s three intermediaries – Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada – combined their national reach and local expertise to flow money quickly to where it was most needed.

The Government of Canada is releasing the balance of the Emergency Community Support Fund in a second round of funding. These funds are available to support communities continuing to address the impact of the pandemic.

Organizations can begin submitting applications on October 5, 2020, with an application deadline of October 30, 2020.

In the second round, the three intermediaries will continue to actively target their outreach to ensure equitable distribution of funds, while also strengthening services and supports for vulnerable Canadians across all communities.

The Emergency Community Support Fund will fund activities that meet basic minimum requirements, including:

  • addresses a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19;
  • serves one or more vulnerable populations during COVID-19; and
  • can be carried out in a short timeframe (from date of signature to March 31, 2021) with a reasonable budget.

Registered charities or qualified nonprofit organizations providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs are eligible to apply.

Organizations can choose to apply for:

  • New projects;
  • Projects that enhance an existing initiative funded by the Emergency Community Support Fund; or
  • Projects that extend an existing initiative funded by the Emergency Community Support Fund.

As in the first round, in addition to Winnipeg, United Way Winnipeg is administering this fund in rural and northern areas of Manitoba not served by United Ways in Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Morden, and Winkler. United Way Winnipeg will fund organizations from within Winnipeg and rural and northern Manitoba that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19. Please use the postal code navigator to find out where to apply.

The application deadline is October 30, 2020. All funding allocations will be made on or before November 27, 2020.

Please visit United Way Winnipeg’s website for more information.


On October 6, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will run information webinars for community organizations interested in applying for this second round of Emergency Community Support Fund grants.