Toronto Foundation search Toronto Foundation Twitter Toronto Foundation Facebook Toronto Foundation Instagram Toronto Foundation LinkedIN My fund Toronto Foundation Navigation
Emergency Community Support Fund

This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

close popup
close popup

Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund

This funding opportunity is now closed.

The pandemic has been an unpredictable and challenging time for many. To provide emergency relief, we’re proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada on the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)—a $350M investment—to provide urgent funding to organizations providing essential services to communities that have been disproportionately impacted.

With COVID-19 cases increasing and the need for supports growing, the Government of Canada is reopening the ECSF with a second round of funding. We are encouraging local registered charitable organizations serving vulnerable Torontonians to apply for grants up to $75,000 for emergency COVID-19 response activities. Funds must be spent by March 31, 2021.

We would like to especially encourage applications from Indigenous-led and serving organizations and Black-led and serving organizations. 


Want even more information?

Are you a national or provincial organization? There is a specialized stream for you. This infographic might guide your application in the right direction.


Any other additional questions can be sent via email to and a staff member will be sure to respond.


Results of Round One


Through the first round of the ECSF, we were able to invest $5.1 million towards local charities and qualified donees to support populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis. We encourage you to learn more about these organizations and support their work:


The Emergency Community Support Fund

Funded by