COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations

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Across the country, the not-for-profit sector has been 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 has offered two programs to support community organizations so they could continue delivering 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.

The COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations was delivered through two main program areas: Granting Program for Non-Profits and Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment. Please note that the application deadline for both programs closed as of August 31, 2020. For a list of funded projects to date, click here.

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 made support available to community organizations across the country, so they could continue delivering 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 were 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 about the COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Granting Program please click here. Please note that applications for this program closed on August 31, 2020.

*Note: The Granting Program for Non-profits was open to non-profit applicants only. Therefore, registered charities, other qualified donees and for-profit businesses were ineligible. Other funding was available for eligible charities that work with vulnerable populations through Community Foundations of Canada or United Way Centraide Canada. These applications are also now closed. 

Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment

This program was 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 could continue to provide vital services to vulnerable populations in urgent need of their support.

The Preventing Disease Transmission Training gave organizations tools they needed to help keep their volunteers and staff safe. To ensure equal access for all, and taking into consideration the current pandemic we are operating within, community organizations could 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 about the COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Preventing Disease Transmission Training and Equipment Program please click here. Please note that applications for this program closed on August 31, 2020.

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

Questions?

Contact us at covid19communitysupport@redcross.ca.

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.