Second Round of Emergency Community Support Fund

Joint statement from Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada

United Way of Chatham-Kent, Chatham Kent Community Foundation and Canadian Red Cross are accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Round 2 from October 5 to October 30, 2020. The fund continues to provide financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada has released this balance of funding for ECSF and it is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

Organizations are able to apply through United Way of Chatham-Kent, through Chatham Kent Community Foundation, or through Canadian Red Cross.

Organizations looking for more information on the various funding streams and eligibility requirements can find information here.


The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“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.”




"The Foundation is very proud to be working with Community Foundations Canada and our local partners in this collective effort to flow the funds provided by the Government of Canada to the most impacted populations in Chatham-Kent.”

Ruth Hook, Chair, Chatham Kent Community Foundation

“We are thankful to the government for its support during this challenging time. We are pleased to be working alongside our community partners that provide vital services to individuals who are vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. I am truly honoured to be working in such a giving and caring community.”

Cathy Cabral, Canadian Red Cross



“When we collectively work together, we can ensure that there are services out there to help people in this community and to prevent duplication or fracturing of existing supports - By working together, we can ensure that forgotten areas in our community are not left behind and we are better prepared for the community’s rapidly emerging needs.”

Steve Pratt, United Way of Chatham-Kent