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Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)


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.

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to support vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.

The Government of Canada has partnered with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross to distribute the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) across the country.

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.

Applications can be submitted from May 19th to July 10th and they will be reviewed, and decisions made as they are received by volunteers from our United Way Community Investment Committee.


United Way of Central NB funds charities and other qualified donees. For the ECSF we are receiving applications from Central NB ((this includes Carleton, Madawaska, Queens, Restigouche, Sunbury, Victoria, and York counties). Please see the Applicant Guide for detailed guidelines for community service organizations seeking ECSF funds: APPLICANT GUIDE or please see this Who Should Apply Guide if you are unsure if you should be applying through United Way, Red Cross or Community Foundations.

Community Services

The ECSF will provide financial support for community services that:

· Address a pressing social inclusion or wellbeing need caused or worsened by COVID-19,

· Serve one or more vulnerable groups (defined in the applicant guide and application),

· Will be carried out with a reasonable budget before March 31st, 2021.

If you have any questions please see the ECSF FAQ’s or contact Roxana Atkinson at or 506-459-7773 ext. 204.