COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Granting Program for Non-Profits

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With funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund led by Employment and Social Development Canada, the Canadian Red Cross has made grants available to non-profits across Canada to support their direct service delivery to those who are most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19. The Red Cross has funded more than 900 projects to date, and through a second round of funding Red Cross will continue to provide support to  programs and activities that will continue to have an impact in the weeks and months to come.

Round 2 of funding available

To ensure that critical resources are spread across the Canadian non-profit sector, the Canadian Red Cross granting program focuses on non-profits supporting vulnerable groups so they can continue delivering critical community-based supports to vulnerable populations, and organizations addressing a pressing social inclusion or well-being need. Other funding is available for eligible charities that work with vulnerable populations through Community Foundations of Canada or United Way Centraide Canada.

What types of activities are eligible for funding?

Non-profit organizations are eligible for grants to assist in the following areas to ensure community-based supports for vulnerable populations in Canada, or address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need:

  • 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 personnel (volunteers and staff) to deliver services required to respond to and recover from 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.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, non-profit organizations must be organized and operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, recreation, or any other purpose except profit and excludes registered charities, other qualified donees and for-profit businesses, and also must:

  • Be incorporated or established in Canada, or have a principaled registered office address in Canada;
  • Have been in operation on or before December 31, 2019;
  • Regularly dedicate at least 50% of core activities to direct service delivery;
  • Require a minimum grant of $5,000;
  • Have a governance structure with at least three people on the board or management committee, etc.;
  • Have internal accountability measure such as practices and procedures for internal controls and accountability; and
  • Conduct activities that fall into at least one of the activity areas listed above.
  • Preference will be  given to organizations with annual revenues of $1,500,000 or less.

Submissions accepted between October 5 – 30th, 2020.

Those who received Round 1 funding may also be eligible for Round 2. Eligible non-profit organizations can apply to both the Granting Program for Non-profits and the Personal Protective Equipment & Training to Prevent Disease Transmission Program.

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Helpful Resources

Please review the following documents before submitting your applications. All comply with accessibility standards.

Round 1 Recipients

This program is made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, led by Employment and Social Development Canada.

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