Round 1 results from the Emergency Community Support Fund

The Canadian Red Cross’ offered two programs as part of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) and accepted applications between May 19 and August 31, 2020. Round 2 will be open for applications between October 5 and October 30, 2020.

The $350 million provided by the Government of Canada for the Fund has been administered by three intermediaries, including the Canadian Red Cross. The Red Cross has vast experience granting to registered charities, qualified donees and non-profit organizations. However, recognizing the critical role that non-profit organizations play alongside registered charities and qualified donees, the Red Cross grant program focused on non-profits only. The Red Cross is proud to have partnered with over 99% new organizations that we have never had the opportunity to work with before.

At the end of Round 1, the Red Cross had awarded over 1,000 grants to non-profit organizations across the country, for a total of $46 million. Additional, limited funding is available for Round 2 programming for non-profits. Grants ranged from $5,000 up to $100,000, with the average grant being $44,000. For a list of grants supported in Round 1, please click here.  

Through this funding, the Red Cross was able to support projects from coast to coast including  ones that are:
  The Red Cross also offered a program to support personnel of non-profit organizations, registered charities and qualified donees to ensure they had appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and training on how to use it. At the end of Round 1, the Red Cross has provided PPE and training to over 1,100 organizations across the country, including sending 60-day PPE kits for over 50,000 personnel, and training over 55,000 people.

The PPE and training to Prevent Disease Transmission Program has allowed these organizations to continue to support their communities safely, while delivering frontline services to help those impacted by COVID-19. For example, a Calgary-based organization that delivers innovative and accessible health and social solutions to vulnerable residents was able to continue providing meals and food hampers for those experiencing food insecurity because of the PPE kits and training their frontline personnel received.
 
For a look of the number of programs supported by population group in Round 1 visit here.

*These figures represent information provided by applicants through the application process. They were asked to select up to three groups that would be supported through their work.  Based on the CRC’s interim reports 58% of organizations identified that their organizational personnel, including leadership) is representative of the populations they support – for example organizations supporting Black Canadians being Black lead.