COVID-19 Emergency Support to Community Organizations: FREE Personal Protective Equipment & Training to Prevent Disease Transmission

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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 has re-opened applications for free personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to prevent disease transmission to support frontline workers responding to COVID-19. The expansion of this program through Round 2 will continue to ensure the health and safety of frontline personnel in the weeks and months ahead.

Round 2 opens October 5

This program equips frontline volunteers and staff with a supply of personal protective equipment (a kit containing a mask and pair of gloves) and training on how to use this equipment properly to ensure their health and wellbeing.

Specifically, this program targets frontline workers in low- to medium-risk environments, supporting direct service delivery to those most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, organizations must 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 will be 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.

Submissions accepted between October 5 – 30th, 2020.  

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

Helpful Resources

Please review the following documents before submitting your application. 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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