The Community Foundation for Kingston and Area is now accepting funding applications for the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), according to an announcement made by the Community Foundation on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
The ECSF provides financial support to charities and other qualified donors who are adapting their front line services to help vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here in Kingston, the Community Foundation and the United Way of KFL&A will be responsible for distributing grants from this fund locally.
The Community Foundation for Kingston and Area and the United Way of KFL&A will be receiving over $900,000 distributed in grants from the $350 million the federal government set aside in April 2019 for emergency response funding. The grants will be used for a variety of different things like extra staffing and purchasing resources.
“Local charities have been working tirelessly to support those who need it most right now,” said Tina Bailey, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Kingston and the Area. “We look forward to working in collaboration with the United Way to ensure that together our two granting streams can have the greatest possible impact in our community.”
The ECSF eligibility and application processes for the Community Foundation and United Way funding are very similar, but there are slight differences due to their different funding agreements with the government. For example, the Community Foundation will review applications on a rolling basis, while the United Way KFL&A has set a grant application deadline of Tuesday, Jun. 9, 2020. United Way KFL&A will fund projects from $5,000 – $40,0000. The Community Foundation has no minimum and, while it will normally have a maximum of $40,000 per project, it will consider requests of up to $75,000 on an individual basis. All funding will be issued by Friday, Jul. 31, 2020 and must be spent by Monday, Mar. 31, 2021.
For more information or to apply, visit this website.