UPDATE: September 28, 2020


United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund Round 2 to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Government of Canada is releasing the balance of the $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in a second round of funding ($73.9 million).  Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, community-based charities and non-profit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support of all kinds—in particular, to individuals and communities experiencing continued or heightened vulnerability. Demand for their services has increased dramatically. The Fund is designed to help organizations carry out their vital work in the coming months to ensure no one is left behind.

Funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada and Community Foundations of Canada in communities from coast to coast to coast for this second round of funding. United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government locally, in Guelph, Wellington County and Dufferin County.

Starting October 5, 2020, United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin will be accepting applications for Round 2 of funding.

United Way will be coordinating locally with the Guelph Community Foundation and other local foundations to ensure that funds are being distributed to have the best possible local reach to serve vulnerable populations.  We encourage you to reach out to us if you are considering an application to both United Way and a local community foundation, so we can simplify the process for you.

Who can Apply?

United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19.

Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a qualified donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19.

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more.

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

  • Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers
  • Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching
  • Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities
  • Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support
  • Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence
  • Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and
  • Others

What Types of Activities could be Funded?

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19
  • Sharing information and knowledge
  • Engaging and recruiting volunteers

For more information, please refer to our ECSF FAQ – Round 2  Applicant Guide and Who Should Apply Infographic

How to Apply

Applications are due October 30, 2020. All applications will be reviewed together at the beginning of November, with the goal of notifying successful applicants by mid-November.  Funds will be distributed by the end of November.

Completed applications should be emailed to Colleen Murdoch at colleen@unitedwayguelph.com

Emergency Community Support Fund Application  (please note this is the same application as Round 1)

PDF Version

WORD Version

Need more information?

For information on the funding process or to ask specific questions about your application, please email Colleen Murdoch.


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions – Round 2  and Applicant Guide.

For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact Colleen Murdoch, Director, Communications & Community Impact for assistance.

Si vous avez des questions ou souhaitez présenter une demande de financement au Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous à FUAC-demande@centraide.ca.