United Way taking applications for Emergency Community Support fund

United Way Regina is accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Locally, more than $1 million is available through United Way Regina to support organizations in Regina and southern Saskatchewan.

“United Way Regina is proud to work with the Federal Government to support this investment to help our community organization’s serve the most vulnerable in Regina and throughout southern Saskatchewan,” said United Way Regina CEO, Robyn Edwards-Bentz. “These funds will allow frontline service providers additional resources to continue the fight against COVID-19 and ensure the essentials are available for those who need them the most.”

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The $350M ECSF was announced by the Government of Canada on April 21, 2020 and is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians,” said Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Funds will be provided to organizations supporting immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

• Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers 

• Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching 

• Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities 

• Mental health and wellness supports, including crisis counselling, and peer support 

• Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence 

• Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and others 

Applications for the fund will be accepted until June 12, 2020 from qualified donees within the cities of Regina, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Swift Current, Yorkton and Melville and southern Saskatchewan (south of Highway 15), with the exception of Estevan. More information on the application process can be found on United Way’s website.