Agency Information –

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 are 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 at this time. *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 population affected by Covid-19.

Funding decisions will be made by July 31, 2020, and all allocations will be shared once finalized.

For information on local fund allocations, visit:

Burlington Foundation

Community Foundation of Halton North

Hamilton Community Foundation

Oakville Community Foundation

United Way Halton & Hamilton

Click Here for FAQ’s

Emergency Community Support Fund: INTAKE CLOSED

On May 16, 2020, the Prime Minister announced $350 million dollars in funding to the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada. United Way Halton & Hamilton is pleased to support this important investment by the Federal Government by investing 2.4 million dollars locally. We are working to distribute these funds as quickly as possible in response to the urgent needs of our communities.

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

United Way Halton & Hamilton funded agencies please contact Alecia Korkowski for more information.

For other regional agencies, please fill out the form below, 

If you have any questions please contact Kirstin Webb,

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

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