Emergency Community Support Fund


Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now. The Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada, and the Canadian Red Cross.

We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally on the North Shore to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we have already invested $318,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic. The Government of Canada is releasing the balance of the funds now to ensure it and its partners can make adjustments, as necessary, to continue responding to evolving emergency needs as a result of COVID-19.

For more information, visit the ECSF page. 

If you have questions about Grants, please contact Denise Howell.


Thank you for your interest in applying to the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). We know the need for emergency response to COVID-19 is significant. In communities across Canada, the demand for ECSF funding is exceeding the funds available. On the North Shore applications were received for over $777,000, with $133,000 to distribute. Round 2 of this program is now closed and applicants are being notified. 


More questions? Visit the CFC FAQ page.

  1. Backpack Buddies – Weekend meal program for vulnerable children in North Vancouver
  2. District of West Vancouver, Seniors’ Activity Centre – Seniors food security program
  3. District of West Vancouver, Youth Services – Youth holiday food hamper program
  4. Family Services North Shore – Counseling support during COVID
  5. Harvest Project – Grocery support program
  6. Hollyburn Family Services Society – COVID distress counselling program
  7. North Shore Meals on Wheels – Delivering meals program
  8. North Shore Multicultural Society – Addressing racism on the North Shore during COVID
  9. North Shore Women’s Centre – Emergency food distribution
  10. Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society – Online programs for caregivers during COVID
  11. Silver Harbour Seniors Centre – Meal delivery for low income seniors in North Vancouver
  12. Squamish Nation – Food distribution program 
  13. Westcoast Family Centres Society – Parent resiliency program
  1. Hollyburn Family Services Society – Youth outreach and services
  2. West Vancouver Seniors’ Centre – Meals for vulnerable seniors
  3. Silver Harbour Seniors’s Centre – Meals for vulnerable seniors
  4. District of West Vancouver – Youth Services – Technology for vulnerable youth
  5. North Shore Disability Resources Centre – Community outreach
  6. District of West Vancouver – Youth Services – Youth pre-employment training program
  7. The Polygon Gallery – Kids First Saturdays, building connections through art
  8. Capilano Community Services – Technology for low income seniors
  9. Family Services of the North Shore – Free counselling support program
  10. Mothers Matter – Indigenous HIPPY – Virtual program for Tsleil-Waututh families
  11. Enhance West Vancouver – Food security & outreach program for vulnerable youth
  12. North Shore Meals on Wheels – Keeping meals for seniors safe during COVID-19
  13. Pathways for Serious Mental Illness – Support for Caregivers
  14. Parkgate Community Services Society – Dementia programming modifications
  15. North Shore Community Services – Caregiver support program
  16. District of West Vancouver – Ambleside shower program for the homeless on the North Shore
  17. North Shore Disability Resources – Summer camp modifications for disabled youth
  18. Capilano Community Services – Virtual summer camp for at-risk youth
  19. Parkgate Community Services Society – Meal program for vulnerable seniors
  20. North Shore Stroke Recovery – Extending stroke recovery services through summer, due to increased demand from pandemic
  21. Mayor’s Social Resiliency Collective (CNV) – Developing a collaborative plan for strengthening North Vancouver’s social connectivity, including quick-starts for social cohesion and creating a more resilient community
  22. North Shore Libraries – Addressing Isolation and Education Through Technology North Shore Library Loaning Program (NS News article)
  23. Parkgate Community Services Society – Youth outreach, working with the Foundry, and youth programs
  24. Avalon Women’s Centre North Shore – Project AvalOnline: Being Where Women Seek Recovery
  25. North Shore Restorative Justice – Virtual and Restart Restorative Justice for Youth and Families, including a 6 week virtual Youth Justice Lab
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