COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations

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Across the country, the not-for-profit sector is under threat. Each door forced to close leaves vulnerable Canadians without the support they rely on. To keep these doors open, the Canadian Red Cross is offering two programs to support community organizations so they can continue to deliver vital services to those who are the most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, the Canadian Red Cross has been on the ground supporting Canadians, which makes us uniquely placed to understand the needs of these organizations and to work with them to support their frontline personnel and service delivery to the most vulnerable.

COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations will be delivered through two main program areas:

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*The deadline to apply is August 31, 2020.

Granting Program for Non-profits

Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, led by Employment and Social Development Canada,  the Canadian Red Cross is making support available to community organizations across the country, as they deliver services to those who are most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19.

For the purpose of ensuring community-based supports to vulnerable populations in Canada, or addressing a pressing social inclusion or well-being need, non-profit organizations may be eligible for grants to assist in the following areas:

  • To respond to increased demand for vital goods and services as a result of COVID-19.
  • To adapt or realign existing service delivery and programming to a COVID-19 reality.
  • To deliver new vital services or programming as a result of new needs or losses arising as a result of COVID-19.
  • To recruit, engage and support volunteers to deliver services required to respond to COVID-19.
  •  To support efforts to increase community awareness, information and education related to COVID-19.

To see a list of funded projects to date, click here.

For more information and to apply to the COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Granting Program please click here.

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*Note: The Granting Program for Non-profits is open to non-profit applicants only. Therefore, registered charities, other qualified donees and for-profit businesses are ineligible. If you are a charity working with vulnerable populations and are seeking granting information, other support may be available to you through Community Foundations of Canada or United Way Centraide Canada. Click below for more information on which partner to apply to.

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Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment

This program is designed for community organizations operating on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response to ensure the health and wellbeing of their staff and volunteers so that they can continue to provide vital services to vulnerable populations who are in urgent need of their support.

The Preventing Disease Transmission Training will leave you with all the tools you need to keep your volunteers and staff safe. To ensure equal access for all, and taking into consideration the current pandemic we are operating within, community organizations can choose to learn on one of these platforms:

  • Online – self-study for maximum time flexibility
  • Virtual classroom – instructor-led for groups of up to 20 participants
  • In-person– when necessary and possible

For more information and to apply to the COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment Program please click here.

These programs are made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, led by Employment and Social Development Canada.

Questions?

Contact us at covid19communitysupport@redcross.ca or 1-866-221-2232 (between 8:30 am and 7:00 pm EST).

Additional tools to support your organization in adapting to a COVID-19 reality:

FRAUD NOTICE: The Canadian Red Cross will never ask for your banking information or credit card information (except when you are making a donation). Extremely limited personal information and no financial deposits or contributions are required at the point of application, or at any time for the COVID-19 Emergency Response Support Program. Unfortunately, bad actors see health emergencies and disasters as an opportunity to commit fraud against those impacted and organizations like the Canadian Red Cross. If you receive an email or phone call from someone posing as the Canadian Red Cross, and when in doubt, you can call us at 1-866-221-2232  or email us at Covid19communitysupport@redcross.ca to validate that the outreach is from the Canadian Red Cross.