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


Union Training and Innovation Program

The Government of Canada has announced that it is investing $40 million over three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program and has launched two calls for proposals. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for funding through two streams:

  • Stream 1: Investments in Training Equipment; and
  • Stream 2: Innovation in Apprenticeship.

Eligible projects will help unions across Canada improve the quality of training through investments in equipment and materials and support innovation and broad-based partnerships to address challenges faced by apprentices. The Program will also help to reduce barriers to participation and success in the trades among under‑represented groups such as women, newcomers, persons with disabilities and visible minorities including Black Canadians. In order to support institutions as they continue to look at alternative delivery methods for future training, the Government encourages projects that allow apprentices and organizations to continue their training online.

The calls for proposals will remain open for eight weeks, with a closing date of August 28, 2020.

APPLY FOR FUNDING FOR THE INVESTMENTS IN TRAINING EQUIPMENT STREAM

APPLY FOR FUNDING FOR THE INNOVATION IN APPRENTICESHIP STREAM

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:

DOWNLOAD INFORMATION PACKAGE

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

UNITED WAY

COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS OF CANADA

CANADIAN RED CROSS

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.

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