United Way Greater Victoria and the Victoria Foundation are investing $735,000 in 41 local charities to help them serve the immediate needs of populations who have experienced heightened vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) grants will help organizations across the Capital Region District, the Gulf Islands and north to Cowichan thanks to funding received from The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund. Applications for this second round of ECSF grants ran from October 5 to November 3, 2020 and involved a collaboration between the United Way and the Victoria Foundation. Out of the 41 grants approved, five programs were co-funded by United Way and Victoria Foundation.
The Government of Canada announced the $350 Million Emergency Community Support Fund on April 21, 2020, and Round 1 of the funding ran in May and Round 2 recently concluded. The fund was administered across the country in partnership with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.