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Emergency Community Support Fund

Emergency Community Support Fund - Investing in Niagara

Investing in Niagara

We are proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  in the Niagara Region. 
Launched on May 19, 2020, during Round 1 of funding, we invested $918,000 of the ECSF towards local Niagara charities and qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during the COVID-19 Crisis. During Round 2, launched in October, we invested an aditional $366,266 bringing the total amount invested into Niagara over $1.2 million! A full list of charities supported in Round 1 and Round 2 are listed below.

​High Demand for Funds

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March, community-based charities and nonprofit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support, in particular to individuals and communities experiencing heightened vulnerability.  We know the need for funding is still significant and in partnership with Community Foundation's Canada, we are continuing to advocate for broader recovery and stabilization support for the charitable sector. 

To learn more about NCF’s other granting programs, please click here.

If you have any other questions or inquiries, please email JoAnne Krick with the Niagara Community Foundation.

Charities Supported in Round 1

Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region $25,000 Virtual Counselling and Support
Autism Ontario Niagara Chapter $15,000 At Home Activities Project
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North & West Niagara $15,000 Upgrade Phone system and Computers
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara $22,000 Shared communication system BBBS South Niagara & Niagara Falls
Community Care of West Niagara $20,000 Food Purchase for Lincoln Residences facing financial hardship
Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold $65,000 Upgrades to Facilitate Continuation of Essential Service Delivery During Covid-19
Crohn's and Colitis Canada $2,000 COVID-19 and IBD: Webinars and Resources
Crystal Ridge Community Centre $5,000 Community Support
Easter Seals Ontario $5,000 Camp E-aster Seals
Food4Kids Niagara $20,000 Weekends without Hunger
Gateway Residential and Community Support Services of Niagara Inc. $13,000 Outreach COVID Backpack for Niagara Assertive Street Outreach Workers
GILLIAN'S Place $26,000 Shelter bed replacement
Heartland Forest Nature Experience $17,000 Outdoor Workshops and Scheduled Trail Walks for Persons with Disabilities
Holy Trinity Anglican Church Welland $5,000 Hygiene and Food Bank + Hot Meals
Hospice Niagara $22,000 Trauma Informed Virtual Bereavement Group Therapy
Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation $37,000 Patient Bed Initiative
Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara $2,000 Children First
Let's Talk Science/Parlons Sciences $2,000 The Horizon Project
Links For Greener Learning $20,000 Covid-19 Community Garden Supports
March of Dimes Canada $35,000 Aphasia Connect
Niagara Catholic District School Board $10,000 Niagara Catholic Family Support Initiative
Niagara Children's Centre $42,000 Implementing Video Enabled Telepractice
Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology $50,000 Nourishing Minds Grocery Card Program
Niagara Falls Community Outreach $60,000 Temporary Staffing Project
Niagara Nutrition Partners $30,000 Grocery Store Gift Card Initiative
Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre $7,000 Healing Arts for Kids
Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Service $16,000 Providing Clients with connecting technology
Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer $3,500 Niagara Gift Card Program
Pathstone Mental Health $75,000 Mental Health Support Through Video Counselling
Project SHARE of Niagara Falls $36,000 Building preparations to provide basic services safely.
Shaw Festival Theatre $15,000 Theatre Expertise Helping Community in Crisis
Starlight Children's Foundation Canada $10,000 Play From Home Packs
The Hope Centre $12,800 Re-opening safely post Covid 19
The Kidney Foundation of Canada $2,500 Short Term Financial Assistance and Peer Support
The Niagara Resource Service for Youth (The RAFT) $77,000 Summer Camp and Youth Outreach
Village of Hope $59,000 Harvest for Hope
Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre $14,580 Shelter Building Safety and Learning Access
West Lincoln Community Care $19,000 WLCC Student Assistance
YWCA Niagara Region $6,000 Digital supports for women and families

Charities Supported in Round 2

Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region $10,000 Continue to enhance organizational capacity by having the proper equipment and technology to deliver services, programs, virtual counselling, education and communications to all stakeholders.
ARID Group Homes  $10,000.00  Renovate bathrooms for COVID-19 sickness or isolation readiness and have a area ready for a continued safe environment.
Bethesda Community Services Inc.  $3,250.00  Purchase of a system to allow the adults that Bethesda supports to enjoy movies, safely, outdoors, a favourite outing that they have been deprived of since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Big Brothers Big Sisters St. Catharines, Thorold and District  $4,000.00  Purchase technology to enable Mentoring Coordinators to work remotely so they can provide virtual programs to children and youth to protect their mental health and well being.
Brock U/Niagara Penguins  $22,550.00  Support weekly Handcycling program for Para-Sport athletes.
Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold  $20,000.00  Purchase fork lift to safely manoeuver and place large items including skids of food and other essentials purchased or donated for distribution to those 
Community Living Welland Pelham $5,000.00  Purchase freezers for residences ensuring people in congregated living have access to healthy food while decreasing risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Eventide Home c/oThe Salvation Army Niagara Falls Honourable Ray & Helen Lawson $2,800.00  Purchase supplies and equipment for the safety or our residents, staff and community.
Food4Kids Niagara  $9,000.00  Expand the Weekends Without Hunger program to increase access to healthy food and reduce barriers of access to meet the basic needs of 30 additional children who are severely food insecure.
Gateway Resident & Community Support Services of Niagara  $8,000.00  Provide the NASO team with climate related protective clothing and supplies, to support workers who are serving vulnerable individuals on the streets of Niagara. 
GILLIAN'S Place  $3,000.00  Purchase equipment and technology to allow remote work and supports. 
bed replacement
Goodwill Industries Niagara  $10,000.00  Enhancing internet capabilities inside Stokes Community Village to support virtual and in person programming for all partnering organizations.
Hospice Niagara  $10,000.00  Support legacy art projects and therapy to improve emotional well-being and reduce feelings of depression and isolation particularly during the second wave of COVID, when family visitors must be reduced and outdoor/window visits are not an option.
Mainstream: An Unsheltered Workshop  $10,000.00  Support creation  of a safe place for essential workers and persons supported by having less touch points during this pandemic.
Matthew House Refugee Ministry of Fort Erie  $24,000.00  Support the most vulnerable persons such as the refugees, homeless people and seniors in our community during these challenging times of COVID-19.
Merry Go Round Children's Foundation  $20,000.00  Provide laptops and digital literacy mentorship to Grade 7 students from underserved communities within the Niagara Region.
Niagara Catholic District School Board  $15,000.00  Purchase Chrome books for students that will allow them access to all digital resources and tools for technology-enabled learning, stay connected with their teacher and their classmates and foster a sense of well being.
March of Dimes Canada $35,000 Aphasia Connect
Niagara Catholic District School Board $10,000 Niagara Catholic Family Support Initiative
Niagara Children's Centre  $9,000.00  Provide technical equipment and therapy materials for virtual care, to families who have limited access to technology and therefore cannot participate in virtual care.
Niagara College  $15,000.00  Support the mental health, wellness and social engagement for students experiencing increased isolation due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, by offering virtual peer-to-peer mental health support and student engagement activities.
Niagara Falls Community Outreach  $30,000.00  Purchase van to receive donations from community that will greatly stretch our food budget and allow us to keep up with the rising needs of our growing clientele because of COVID-19.
Niagara Health Foundation  $50,000.00  COVID-19 infections has created demand for additional critical care beds, patient beds and IV Pumps to meet the comfort, safety and treatment needs of patients.
Project S.H.A.R.E. of Niagara Falls Inc.  $6,050.00  Create a safer experience for clients waiting for emergency service by installing a tent and clearing their walking path to where they will be picking up food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Start Me Up Niagara (SMUN)  $20,576.00  provide a new evening food service augmentation to our regular daily drop-in centre and winter shelter program.
The Bridge Church  $14,000.00  Provide a 5-day weekday free morning breakfast program serving hot-food to vulnerable populations during the winter season in Niagara Falls, from December 2020 until March 2021.
Village of Hope  $20,000.00  Help those struggling with COVID-19 related economic home budget difficulties with housing support through mediation and subsidies to their housing budget.
Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Foundation  $15,000.00  Enhancing delivery model and technology to better meet the needs of people living with cancer and caregivers during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Community Support Fund


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