Support for Non-Profits, Charities, & Other Community Groups

Emergency Community Support Fund

The Government of Canada, led by Employment and Social Development Canada, has announced a $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund to help community organizations adapt frontline services for vulnerable Canadians – such as seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, newcomers, women, children and youth, LGBTQ2 people, Indigenous and racialized people – in response to the challenges of COVID-19.

The funds will support such activities as:

  • Volunteer-based home delivery of groceries and medications.
  • Transportation services, such as those driving seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments.
  • Scaling up help lines that provide information and support.
  • Helping vulnerable Canadians access government benefits.
  • Delivering training and supplies to volunteers.
  • Replacing in-person, one-on-one contact and social gatherings with virtual contact through telephone, texts, teleconferences or the Internet.

The Government will disburse funds through national partners, such as the United Way Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations of Canada. Community organizations will be able to apply for funds through these national partners or their local entities.

Click here to download the information package regarding the Emergency Community Support Fund:


For more information, please see the following websites for the national partnering organizations:




Indigenous Community Support Fund

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. This plan includes $305 million for a new, distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. A portion of these funds will be set aside to support to regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations.

The Indigenous Community Support Fund will be distributed as follows:

  • $215 million for First Nations: allocated to each First Nation based on population, remoteness and community well-being
  • $45 million for Inuit, which will flow to each of the four land claims organizations through an allocation determined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and regional Inuit land claims organizations
  • $30 million for Métis Nation communities, which will flow through each of the Governing Members
  • $15 million for Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or off reserve such as Friendship Centres, Métis Settlements General Council of Alberta and Métis in the Northwest Territories

In May, it was further announced that $75 million in new funding would be made available for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve.