Funding

COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Granting Program for Non-Profits

Canadian Red Cross

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.
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