change lives.

Apply for ECSF Funding / Demande de financement FUAC

Emergency Community Response Fund

The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund aims to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19.

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. 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. 

Who can Apply

United Way Saint John, Kings & Charlotte 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, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19. Non-profits are encouraged to seek a qualified donee partner in order to access funding.  Contact us if you have any questions.

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.

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

  • Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching
  • Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities
  • Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support
  • Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence
  • Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers (only for those not able to access local food banks)
  • Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands
  • Others

What Types of Activities could be Funded?

•             Community outreach and engagement

•             Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19

•             Sharing information and knowledge

•             Engaging and recruiting volunteers

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until June 30th.   We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.


(application should take 15-30 minutes to complete)

Deadline for applications:  June 30th, 2020.


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. Click here for simple instructions to help with your application.

For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Gina or 658-1212.

Please apply to the correct United Way, based on the region your agency serves, please click the following link to find out your local agency contact. ECSF Agency Contacts EN

If your agency’s programs are provincial in scope, you can apply through the United Way of your choice and send an email to the point of contact to indicate that you would like your application to be considered by all 3 United Ways. Further directions will be provided.



Si vous avez des questions ou souhaitez présenter une demande de financement au Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous à