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The ECSF Portal closes at midnight on October 30.

PLEASE NOTE:  It has become very apparent that the need for emergency response to COVID-19 is significant. In communities across Canada, the demand for the ECSF activated through Community Foundations of Canada is exceeding the funds available.  Charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19. We are inspired by their work and dedication. Please know that we are doing our best but are only able to fund a small portion of the many projects that applied at this time.

Thank you for your support and understanding.
 
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unpredictable and challenging time for many, with some communities experiencing higher levels of vulnerability than others. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that have faced increased challenges. To provide emergency relief, the Government of Canada launched the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help support communities made increasingly vulnerable by the pandemic.

With COVID-19 cases increasing in many communities, and a continuous call for emergency relief, the ECSF will reopen with a second round of funding, providing much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving communities experiencing vulnerability. The Government of Canada is flowing this funding through Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in the Campbell River Coummunity Foundation catchment area of School District #72 (Oyster River to Sayward, including Quadra and Cortes Islands) to ensure that our citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing $50,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting people experiencing heightened vulnerability. Organizations can apply starting on October 5, 2020.  Deadline for applications is October 30, 2020.

Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply at Community Foundations of Canada.

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For more information please contact:

Craig Gillis, CRCF Chair (250) 203-6330 craig.gillis@shaw.ca

Dan Wickham, CRCF Task Force Chair ( 250) 203-8503 dajw09@gmail.com

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UPDATE: June 27, 2020

The Campbell River Community Foundation is proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in Campbell River.

Our community foundation has granted the full funding available to our community through the ECSF. We are unfortunately no longer accepting ECSF applications.

Launched on May 19, 2020, we’ve invested $75,000 through the ECSF towards local charities and qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis.

We are pleased to announce the ECSF has supported projects including:

$ 10,000: Campbell River and North Island Transition Society to ensure that women are still able to access individual and group support services.

$  8,355: Campbell River Beacon Club Society to provide clients dealing with mental health issues support through online connections, life skill workshops, and food security.

$  3,845: Campbell River Hospice Society to provide Palliative Outreach packages for people who are facing end-of-life during COVID-19.

$ 16,300: Campbell River Hospice Society to upgrade Second to None Thrift Store to meet COVID-19 requirements in order to fully operate the store which provides critical funding to Hospice Care.

$  1,000: Canadian Council of the Blind to provide members with Audio Books during this isolation period.

$  2,500: Ecotrust Canada to support the B.C. COVID-19 Active Fishermen’s Committee in responding to the challenges Campbell River area fish harvesters face in their essential work due to the pandemic.

$  8,000: Linnaea Farm Society to build food literacy and security – from farm to folks who are in need.

$ 10,000: North Island Supportive Recovery Society to continue to offer much needed detox and recovery services to clients, while keeping them and staff as safe as possible during the pandemic.

$  5,000: The John Howard Society of North Island to purchase grocery store gift cards to give to clients who are struggling at this time due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

$ 10,000: The Salvation Army to assist with the added and unforeseen expense due to COVID 19.

Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19. We know the need for funding is still significant.  Please keep checking our website for current information about our COVID-19 Relief Fund.  We will also provide information on our website should any other funding become available.


 

Eligible Projects

The ECSF is an opportunity to make sure we are not leaving any Canadians behind during COVID-19.​

Criteria

Many different types of projects are eligible for funding. Registered charities and other “qualified donees” can apply through community foundations for projects that:

  1. Address a well-being need caused by COVID-19.
  2. Serve one or more vulnerable groups such as seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, newcomers, refugees, women, children and youth, LGBTQ2 people, Indigenous people and racialized people, such as Black Canadians and others.
  3. Will be completed before March 31, 2021.

Criteria

Many different types of projects are eligible for funding. Registered charities and other “qualified donees” can apply through community foundations for projects that:

  1. Address a well-being need caused by COVID-19.
  2. Serve one or more vulnerable groups such as seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, newcomers, refugees, women, children and youth, LGBTQ2 people, Indigenous people and racialized people, such as Black Canadians and others.
  3. Will be completed before March 31, 2021.

Community Foundations are working with United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross to distribute the ECSF. You can only receive ECSF funding from one of us for the same project costs.


 

Applying Online

The Online Application can be found here. It has some brief questions about your project and the vulnerable groups your organization is supporting. Deadline for applications is JULY 27, 2020 and all grant projects must be completed by MARCH 31, 2021.

You can find additional information about the Fund and all the materials you need to prepare an application at the Community Foundations of Canada.


Application Process

If you have a project that matches these criteria, the application is designed to be straightforward and efficient. Applications will be received and assessed on a weekly rolling basis, so that you can get an answer as soon as possible. The final closing date to submit an application will be July 27, 2020.


Streamlined Reporting

Reporting requirements for projects approved for funding will be as light as possible – we know community-based organizations have important work to deliver right now. This process includes a short description of the outcomes and, once you have finished the project, a brief report due by April 1, 2021.