The Government of Canada has invested $350 million to improve the ability of community organizations to serve vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. Three intermediary organizations will be in charge of disbursing funds to community organizations. These intermediaries include: the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and the United Way Centraide Canada.
The goal of this funding is to allow communities to put decisions in local hands where possible and allow flexibility to respond to local needs, among other things. To qualify for funding, the community organization must:
- Address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19
- Serve one or more vulnerable population(s) during COVID-19
- Can be carried out in a short timeframe with a reasonable budget
- Can attest to not having secured funds to cover the costs of the activities for which they have applied from another intermediary, federal COVID-19 response program, or a different source.
Interested community organizations are encouraged to visit intermediary partner websites regularly to learn more about how to apply.