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Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

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 non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19.

The Government of Canada is releasing the balance of the $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in a second round of funding ($73.9 million). These funds are available to support communities continuing to address the impact of the pandemic.

The ECSF first opened to receive applications on May 19, 2020. The first round of funding supported projects in every province and territory and for every vulnerable group. 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.

In the Fund’s 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.

United Way of Central NB was pleased to administer a vital first round investment of $582,088 in Central NB by the Government of Canada in critical services for vulnerable people in our community to date.

We are now pleased to support an investment of $240,674 in Central NB through this second round of emergency funding from the Government of Canada.

Applications can be submitted from October 5th to October 30th, and they will be reviewed, and decisions made in a timely manner as they are received by volunteers from our United Way Community Investment Committee.


United Way of Central New Brunswick Region funds charities and other qualified donees. For the ECSF applications will be reviewed from Central NB (this includes Carleton, Madawaska, Queens, Restigouche, Sunbury, Victoria, and York counties).

Community Services

The ECSF will provide financial support for community services that:

Round 2 Applications Close October 30th, 2020. 

If you have any questions please contact Roxana Atkinson at or 506-459-7773 ext. 204.


ECSF Round 1 Information:

You can see a full list of ECSF Tier 1 funding recipients here >


Funded by the Government of Canada.