With funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund led by Employment and Social Development Canada, the Canadian Red Cross is making grants available to non-profits across Canada to support their direct service delivery to those who are most vulnerable to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19.
To ensure that critical resources reach across the Canadian non-profit sector, the Canadian Red Cross granting program will focus on non-profits supporting vulnerable groups so they can continue delivering critical community-based supports to vulnerable populations in Canada, and organizations addressing a pressing social inclusion or wellbeing need.
What types of activities can be funded?
For the purpose of ensuring community-base supports to vulnerable populations in Canada, or addressing a pressing social inclusion or wellbeing need, non-profit organizations may be 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.
Who can Apply?
To be eligible, non-profit organizations must be organized and operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, recreation, or any other purpose except profit and excludes registered charities, other qualified donees, and for-profit businesses, and also must:
- Be incorporated or established in Canada, or have a principaled registered office address in Canada;
- Have annual revenues of $1,500,000 or less;
- Have been in operation on or before December 31, 2019;
- Regularly dedicate at least 50% of core activities to direct service delivery;
- Require a minimum grant of $5,000;
- Have a governance structure with at least three people on the board or management committee, etc.;
- Have internal accountability measure such as practices and procedures for internal controls and accountability; and
- Conduct activities that fall into at least one of the activity areas listed above.