ECSF Round 2 Grants

Dec 4, 2020 | Featured, Foundation News/Updates, Media Releases

Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) – Round 2 Grants

Local charities have received a boost of over $350,000 in federal funding to help them adapt and increase frontline services for vulnerable populations during COVID-19. This funding was delivered through a second round of funding of the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) – a $350 million fund announced by the Government of Canada in April.

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 Kingston & Area region, alongside the United Way KFL&A.

In this second round of funding, the Community Foundation was allocated $164,018 to grant locally to support projects that clearly addressed a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19, and/or served one or more vulnerable groups magnified by COVID-19.

The following 14 projects totalling $164,018 were funded through the Community Foundation’s allocation of the funding:

Agency Program Description Funding
Boys & Girls Club of Kingston & Area

Free After-school Meals for Children and Youth


Extend-A-Family Kingston Deliver programs for individuals with disabilities and respite for their families



Independent Living Centre Kingston


Access to Technology to access needed community supports $15,460
Kingston Community Health Centres Seniors’ Food Box – free box of healthy food delivered monthly $16,507
Kingston Interval House Purchase of washer and dryer to allow for proper cleaning to be able to accept clothing donations $3,295
Lion Hearts Inc. COVID-19 Street Project: to provide healthy food and emergency services to those in needs



Northern Connections Adult Learning Centres Battling Isolation in North Frontenac through data enabled devices and tech training supports $9,500
Rural Frontenac Community Services

Being Creative at Home and Staying Warm: activity kits for children


Rural Frontenac Community Services Winter Wellness for Rural Seniors: to build and maintain connections with isolated seniors $3,750
Ryandale Transitional House Additional hours for House Manager during the pandemic $3,780
Sexual Assault Centre Kingston Enhancing Capacity for Delivering Increased Support During COVID-19



St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Distribution – provide emergency food pantry items to allow families to cook at home



The Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston Wash stations and PPE at their drop-in WE (women empowered ) Hub and the Community Residential Facility $3,876
The Food Sharing Project Healthy Food for Vulnerable Students through delivery of breakfast and lunch food boxes to families to supplement in-school programs $10,000

Together with the United Way KFL&A, there has been a combined total of over $1.5 million in total federal funds granted for relief efforts in our community through Round 1 & 2 of the ECSF.


“Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue to help the most vulnerable members of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

– Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen

“Our local charities and agencies play a critical role in our community. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, these organizations have had to learn how to adapt and continue to deliver their vital services to those who rely on them. Since the beginning of this pandemic, there has been an increased demand for funding for our local charities and support services, and I am confident that the funding granted to the United Way KFL&A and the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area, through the Emergency Community Support Fund, will help these organizations continue their important work. I am proud that the Government of Canada will continue to support the valuable work of local charities and agencies in Kingston and the Islands, and across the country.”

– Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund:

275 Ontario Street Suite #100
Kingston, ON K7K 2X5
Phone: 613.546.9696
Fax: 613.531.9238

Community Foundation for Kingston & Area