Emergency Community Support Fund

The Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation BACCF) is excited to announce that it will be a participating Community Foundation in the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF).



  • Together, the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada are collaborating with the Government of Canada to flow ECSF support to those who need it most right now. 
  • Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, community-based charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support of all kinds—in particular to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability. Demand for their services has increased dramatically. 
  • The Fund is designed to help these organizations carry out their vital work to ensure no one is left behind.

About the application and granting process 


  • The ECSF has simple eligibility criteria and a quick application process and reporting procedure. We invite you to learn more below and apply starting today. 
  •  The application is designed to be straightforward and efficient. It should take your organization about 20 minutes to complete. 
  •  Applications will be received and assessed on a weekly rolling basis, so that you can get an answer as soon as possible and we can start flowing funding swiftly. 
  •  Qualified donees (eg. Registered Charities) will be funded through Community Foundations and the United Way. Non-profit organizations will be funded through the Canadian Red Cross.

In communities where there is both a community foundation and a United Way Centraide 


  • We encourage charities in the community who are serving vulnerable populations to apply to the Fund, through our community foundation or the local United Way Centraide. [as applicable for your foundation]. 
  • Qualified donees may apply more than once (and to different funders if they wish) for different projects or for different aspects of a large project. They cannot receive funding for the same project or same aspect of a project from two intermediaries. 
  • Grant applications to Community Foundations and local United Way Centraides will be assessed locally by our teams. Though community foundations and local United Way Centraides have separate funding streams as a result of our respective agreements with the Government of Canada, we are working together.
  • The ECSF eligibility criteria, application and granting evaluation processes of CFC and UWCC’s are very similar.  One difference between the two funding streams relates to grant amounts:
    • Community foundations’ funding stream has a grant maximum. For larger cities and regions, the maximum grant amount via CFC is $75,000 (The grant-maximum through the Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation is $75,000).
    • Local United Way Centraides have the flexibility to apply a minimum or maximum grant size depending on the local situation.

We understand there is overlap between the community foundation and United Way Centraide funding streams. Please refer to the infographic (forthcoming) for guidance. Rest assured that we are working together and towards the same goal, which is to flow funds quickly enabling you to continue your important work at this time.


Click Here to Begin the Application Process