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COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Funded Programs

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and we felt the effects on our local communities.

United Way Halton & Hamilton has established the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to help support our community’s most vulnerable in this challenging time.
The Fund is intended to provide monetary support to community-based agencies in adapting to the COVID-19  pandemic.
Funding is available for local, front-line agencies supporting individuals and families experiencing poverty, isolation, and other difficult realities.

Phase 1

This phase of the Emergency Fund is now closed. Nine local agencies providing basic needs (food, personal protective equipment, hygiene products, baby products, etc.) have been supported in their efforts.

Phase 2

This phase of the emergency fund is now closed. Investments in this phase were being directed to registered charitable organizations in the Halton & Hamilton regions, focusing on supporting seniors

Phase 3

Please note, Phase 3 ECSF funding intake is closed. *ECSF funds are being allocated equally across Halton & Hamilton.

This was an open call to all registered charitable organizations in the Halton & Hamilton regions, with a focus on supporting the vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19.

Funding decisions have been made through an impartial process with the support of other funding partners and community experts, and are available at the above-linked “Funded Programs” page.

Phase 4

This phase of the emergency fund is now closed. Investments in this phase were made through the Local Love in a Global Crisis emergency fund, and allocated to 8 agencies spanning four categories of funding: basic needs, agency capacity, mental health, and seniors support / isolation. These recently-funded projects can be found on the Funded Programs page.

Phase 5 – Closed October 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 

United Way Halton & Hamilton is pleased to support an investment of approximately $1,000,000 through this second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund from the Government of Canada.

This fund is being distributed through an open-call for applications and impartial decision-making process, in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian Red Cross.

Applicants are encouraged to apply to the ECSF partner best suited to them, based on the criteria below:

  • The Canadian Red Cross Emergency Support for Community Organizations will be delivered through two main programs:
    • Granting Program for Non-Profits
    • Free personal protective equipment (PPE) (gloves and masks) and training on preventing disease transmission for non-profits, registered charities, and qualified donees
  • More information on the programs through Canadian Red Cross, can be found starting October 5th on or by calling 1-866-221-2232
  • Community Foundations of Canada, and community foundations across Canada, will support:
    • Granting programs for registered charities and qualified donees.

Emergency Community Support Fund: ROUND 2 INTAKE CLOSED 

OCTOBER 30, 2020 AT 11:59 P.M.

The Emergency Community Support Fund is provided by the Government of Canada, and distributed through United Way Centraides, Community Foundations of Canada, and Canadian Red Cross. This fund is intended to support vulnerable communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Equity-seeking groups, especially those agencies who serve Black, Indigenous and other Communities of Colour, DisAbled communities, minority language populations, and womxn and girls, are encouraged to apply.

Click HERE for FAQ

 Submit completed forms and send questions via email to

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

When you give to United Way, you will help provide:



Ensure people have access to life’s essentials, such as food.


for Seniors 

Ensure that while vulnerable people are isolated, they are also supported. 

Capacity for

Community Services

Ensure that community partners can continue to do their vital work.

Mental Health


Enable crisis lines and system navigation services.
As the situation changes, United Way will work with our community partners to adapt.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

1. Be incorporated as a registered charitable agency/organization with the Canada Revenue Agency and operating for a minimum of two years.

2. Have a clearly stated purpose and function within the voluntary human and social service sector operating  in and servicing the Halton and/or Hamilton communities.

3. Be governed by an active volunteer Board of Directors whose members reflects the community it serves.

4. Adhere to the Ontario Human Rights Code and not exclude anyone from service, accommodation or employment by reason of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, or disability.

5. Be seeking support for services/initiatives that align with one or more of the four support themes for the COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Proposals will not be accepted for organizations that are primary health care providers, mandated government services, or environmental, political, heritage, or religious in nature.

Click Here for Downloadable PDF of the above information 

If you would like to receive regular communication and updates about the emergency fund, please register below.

Click here for Covid-19 Emergency Fund FAQ

Please fill out the form below, 

If you have any questions please contact Kirstin Webb,

Subject – Include “Emergency Fund Inquiry + Your Agency’s Name”

    Sarah HodgsonCOVID-19 For Agencies

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