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Niagara Community Foundation awards $918,000 in grants through the Emergency Community Support Fund

St. Catharines, July 21, 2020 – The Niagara Community Foundation is proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver more than $900,000 through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in Niagara.

Since launching in May 2020, the ECSF - administered by the Niagara Community Foundation - has granted a total of $918,380 to charities and qualified donees. These grants will support vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. A total of 40 projects were funded, supporting children, youth, seniors, vulnerable workers, those requiring special care and supports and marginalized populations.

This support included grants such as $36,000 for Project SHARE to modify their warehouse space, support for Community Care West Niagara to purchase much-needed protein foods and a grant to Crystal Ridge Community Centre to assist with their efforts to provide meals for the most vulnerable. A full list of grantees can be found below.

“Through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), our team of staff and Grant Reviewers moved incredibly quickly to ensure our $900,000 allotment reached those in need as effectively as possible,” says NCF Executive Director Bryan Rose. “We’re all cognizant of the hardship that COVID-19 has brought upon all members of our community. The vital funds from the ECSF will go a long way in making sure our charity partners throughout the entire region from Grimsby to Fort Erie and every municipality in between have the resources they need to continue to serve the citizens of the Niagara who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic.”

The Niagara Community Foundation has granted their full funding available for Niagara through the ECSF and is no longer accepting applications. If you would like to be notified should additional funds become available, please complete the following form.

Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised more than $62 million and has granted in excess of $15 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development sectors.


Charities Supported

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