We're activating the
Emergency Community Support Fund
alongside communities coast to coast to coast 

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now.


Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.


We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in Surrey to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy.


Through the ECSF, we will be investing over $900,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations. Applications open May 19, and close July 27th, 2020.

The maximum grant amount via CFC for our area is $75,000.

Learn more about the program and find out if your organization

is eligible to apply:  

ECSF Grants Now Open


  • Recording "How to Apply for the Emergency Community Support Fund" webinar from May 21. Please note that the sound doesn't begin until  3:12 

About the application and granting process 


  • The ECSF has simple eligibility criteria and a quick application process and reporting procedure.


  • The application is designed to be straightforward and efficient. It should take your organization about 20 minutes to complete. 


  • Applications will be received and assessed on a weekly rolling basis, so that you can get an answer as soon as possible and we can start flowing funding swiftly. 


  • Qualified donees will be funded through United Way and community foundations. Non-profit organizations will be funded through the Canadian Red Cross. 

If you have additional questions, you can contact Lynne at our dedicated ECSF email surreyecsf@surreycares.org or call her at 604-591-2699. We are working remotely during this time but phone messages are being checked frequently

between 9 am and 4 pm.  

Are you looking for ideas and resources to help with fundraising during COVID-19? You might find this list compiled by Imagine Canada helpful.

The Emergency Community Support Fund

Funded by

Tel. 604-591-2699

Mail: SurreyCares Community Foundation

P.O. Box 34089, Surrey, BC, Canada V3S 8C4

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