COVID-19 Emergency Support to Community Organizations Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment Program

Red Cross worker wearing PPE

Frontline workers are critical to supporting the most vulnerable during this pandemic. In order to ensure their health and safety while delivering vital services, the Canadian Red Cross opened applications for  Preventing Disease Transmission Training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to support frontline workers responding to COVID-19. While applications have now closed, the Red Cross Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment Program will continue to ensure the health and safety of frontline personnel in the weeks and months ahead. 

Specifically, this program targeted frontline workers responding to COVID-19 in low to medium risk environments, in support of their direct service delivery to those who are the most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19.

This program equips frontline volunteers and staff with a supply of personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, and training on how to use this equipment properly to ensure their health and wellbeing.


Who could Apply?

To be eligible, organizations had to be organized and operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, recreation, or any other purpose except profit 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;
  • Have a governance structure with at least three people on the board or management committee, etc.;
  • Have an internal accountability measure such as practices and procedures for internal controls and accountability; and
  • Be working with clients in low to medium risk environments.

Preference was given to organizations that are:

  • Undertaking vital direct service delivery or essential supports;
  • Addressing a pressing social inclusion or wellbeing need caused by COVID-19 through their direct service delivery;
  • Supporting vulnerable populations through direct service delivery;
  • Have unrestricted cash reserves of less than 20% of their annual operating budget (as an indication of financial vulnerability); and/or
  • Have annual revenues of $1,500,000 or less.

Please note that applications for this program closed as of August 31, 2020.

Potential applicants were encouraged to consult the following documents before submitting their applications:

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

Were youo interested in Preventing Disease Transmission Training or Personal Protective Equipment but not eligible this program?

We Want to Hear From You!

The Canadian Red Cross is trying to understand the additional needs of the sector. If your organization does not meet the eligibility criteria for these programs, we want to hear from you! Please fill in this short survey to express the needs of your organization.