UPDATE: July 8, 2020

United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is now out of funding through the Emergency Community Support Fund.  We are no longer accepting applications to this Fund.

For smaller projects, you may want to consider the COVID-19 Community Response Fund

A full list of successful projects will be posted soon.  Thank you to everyone who applied and for all that you are doing in our community.


United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. 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 May 19th, 2020, United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin will be accepting applications for 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 FAQs  Applicant Guide and Who Should Apply Infographic

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until July 27, 2020. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

Emergency Community Support Fund Application

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WORD Version

Want more information?

On May 26, 12:30-2 p.m., United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin and the Guelph Community Foundation will host a high-level overview of the Emergency Community Support Fund program for local charities and non-profits that have questions and/or would like to learn more about how to receive funding (via Zoom).

If you would like to attend this session, please email Colleen Murdoch by May 25th and we will send you the login information.


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions  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.