COVID-19 is top of mind for everyone and is affecting the way we all support those who are vulnerable in our communities.  This pandemic has created an increase in demand for local services, shortages in supplies, and disruption in service.

 

United Ways and Centraides in Canada are pleased to provide support to local community service organizations that provide rapid, emergency community support to vulnerable community members.  Applications are made available and reviewed locally.  Our aim is to make this application process simple.  The application should take 15-30 minutes to complete.

 

These funds are being distributed as part of Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).  Before you begin, we encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions to fully understand what activities and expenses are allowable under this emergency funding for qualified donations.




Emergency Community Support Fund Application
ECSF Community Program Application.docx

Please send all completed applications to Funding@Lloydminster.UnitedWay.ca




Frequently Asked Questions:


Who can apply?

United Way Lloydminster and District will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19.

Organizations with a charitable number or have a formal partner sponsorship agreement with a registered charity (with its own CRA BN/registration number) and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19 are eligible to apply.

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.


How will the funds be used?

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:

Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers

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

Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and

Others


What types of activities can be funded?

Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers

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

Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and

Others


What are the sizes of grants?

United Way Lloydminster and District 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. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.


How much money is available through this fund and our region?

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 Lloydminster and District will be allocated $3.5M in our region.


If we have received other federal and/or provincial or territorial COVID-19 related funding, can we still apply?

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


What if we are not currently a United Way or Centraide funded agency?

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.


Which kinds of community service organizations are eligible?

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.


We are a non-profit, how can we access and partner with United Way Centraides to provide support to vulnerable communities?

Non-profits in Canada are playing an important role in helping to respond to local needs. Organizations with a charitable number or have a formal partner sponsorship agreement with a registered charity (with its own CRA BN/registration number) and that are central to the provision of supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to COVID-19 are eligible. The Canadian Red Cross has launched a granting program for Non-profits. To find out more about their program please click here


Will you pay for activities that meet the criteria that are already underway?

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).


If my agency is receiving the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, are we still eligible to apply for funding?

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


How many funding requests can be made by one organization?

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


How will decisions about the funding be made?  How quickly can we anticipate a decision?

Applications will be reviewed on a bi-monthly basis. All funding allocations will be made public on or before July 31, 2020.


The front-line services we are delivering are at risk of closing without new funding.  Are we able to apply for funding under this program?

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.


May we apply to United Way Centraides, Community Foundations and Canadian Red Cross?

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.


What are the reporting requirements?

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.


How will United Way Lloydminster ensure that this funding is reaching the most vulnerable communities?  Is there a commitment to access and equity for these resources?

United Way Lloydminster and Disctrict 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 Lloydminster and District 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.


We’re part of a national organization network, but we are governed locally.  Should we look to apply to our local United Way Centraide of ECSF funds or should our national office coordinate our applications?

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