Round 2 Emergency Community Support Fund Now Open

Available Round 2 Funding
to be Delivered by Burlington Foundation


Round 2 Applications Open

Oct. 5 – Oct. 30

In May, The Government of Canada launched the $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help community organizations adapt frontline services to better meet the needs of people experiencing heightened vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first round of funding has since been completed, with the second and final round opened as of Oct. 5. The Government of Canada is flowing this funding through Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

Burlington Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be working with CFC once more to flow this new round of funding to charitable organizations serving populations experiencing increased vulnerability in Burlington. 

We will be delivering $141,280 in Round 2 funding to continue to help our local community be safe and healthy.

Applications from qualified donees are being accepted now until October 30, 2020 11:59 PST through the CFC national portal – link below.


Notes from Burlington Foundation:

  • Please note that there are three community foundations in Halton Region: Burlington Foundation, Community Foundation of Halton North and Oakville Community Foundation, as well as United Way Halton & Hamilton. For the Community Foundations, we ask that you apply to the funder in the primary community that your charity serves. United Way Halton & Hamilton is accepting applications regardless of community.
  • National or provincial organizations who are registered with a singular CRA number must apply to CFC’s National/Provincial Stream.
  • Applicants applying to be considered by Burlington Foundation for ECSF Round 2 funding may request up to a maximum of $35,000. We anticipate a large number of requests which may exceed our funding availability. Despite merit, not all organizations will receive funding and/or may not receive their full requested amount.
  • ECSF is a distinct initiative from Burlington Foundation’s Covid-19 Pandemic Response Fund (PRF). Burlington Foundation is NOW accepting applications for our Phase 3 granting: Arts, Heritage and Environment sectors. Eligible charitable organizations are invited to apply now until closing Oct. 23. Click to learn more about applying to our Pandemic Response Fund.

Applying for funding through the Emergency Community Support Fund:

Applicants who would like to apply for Round 2 ECSF funding through a community foundation including Burlington Foundation, must complete and submit the application through the Community Foundations of Canada application portal – link below

Important Information


The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unpredictable and challenging time for many, with some communities experiencing higher levels of vulnerability than others. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that have faced increased challenges. To provide emergency relief, the Government of Canada launched the $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help support communities made increasingly vulnerable by the pandemic.

Today, with COVID-19 cases increasing in many communities, and a continuous call for emergency relief, the ECSF will reopen with a second and final round of funding, providing much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving communities experiencing vulnerability.

Round 1 Granting:

Burlington Foundation has been proud to work with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver $336,370 in Round 1 funding locally in Burlington to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. As shared in the press release announcement above, we are pleased to support the important and much needed work of the awarded charities listed.

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