Community Services Recovery Fund

United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is taking part in the Community Services Recovery Fund – a $400 million investment in charities and non-profits

Now more than ever, charities and non-profits are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all Canadians. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they build resilience by making investments in their people, organizations, and program innovation.

United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is proud to be taking part in the Community Services Recovery Fund, a collaboration between United Way Centraide Canada, Canadian Red Cross, and Community Foundations of Canada to provide funding to Community Service Organizations, including non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies, and Registered Charities located across Canada. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what charities and non-profits need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CSRF funding is intended to strengthen the internal capacity of Community Service Organizations (CSOs) facing immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is intended to support community services in all regions of Canada.

Three national funders are working in partnership to administer the grant process including the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada.  Projects that fall within the following Focus Areas are eligible:

  • Investing in People: Funding will support one-time projects that focus on how organizations recruit, retain, engage, and support their personnel, including staff, volunteers and boards of directors (Stream administered by the Canadian Red Cross)
  • Investing in Systems and Processes: Funding will support one-time projects that invest in the systems and processes involved in creating the internal workings of an organization’s overall structure. (Stream administered by Community Foundations of Canada)
  • Investing in Program and Service Innovation and Redesign: Funding will support one-time projects primarily focused on program and service innovation and redesign using information gained during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Stream administered by United Way)

Things to Note

  • CSRF funding may not be used for direct program or service delivery, ongoing operation of organizations, or as a short-term infusion of funding for day-to-day organizational support.
  • All unincorporated non-profits, no matter their geographic scope or project focus, will apply to the Canadian Red Cross.

For more information, download the FAQs

How to Apply

Community Service Organizations can apply from January 6, 2023 until February 21, 2023.

Looking for more information?

Take the quick quiz to see if you can apply for the Community Services Recovery Fund.

Follow this Decision Tree to see which application is best for you.

Sign up for the upcoming webinar on January 12th to learn more about how to apply.

Read the CSRF Applicant Guide to learn more about the funding and what you will need to apply.

Visit to find out more about more and explore resources for applicants.


Ready to Apply?

Click the link below to access the digital application.

Question #40 will require you to upload a project budget.  Click here to download the template


A fillable PDF Application is also available.  If using this format, when complete, please submit to