Emergency Community Support Fund awarded projects – Round 1 of 3

Jun 25, 2020 | Featured, Foundation News/Updates, Front Page 2, Media Releases

Emergency Community Support Fund awarded projects – Round 1 of 3

Over $176,000 in project grants have been awarded by the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area (CFKA) from its portion of the Emergency Community Response Fund to help local charities support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) is a federally funded pandemic response initiative. Since its launch on May 19, 2020, the CFKA has been accepting applications from local charities supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis. CFKA has experienced a remarkably high volume of applications to the ECSF to date and we are responding in real time to ensure that the emergency funds flow quickly.

We applaud the great work being done to respond to the needs of vulnerable populations in the Kingston area and we are proud to announce the funding of thirteen local initiatives in this first grant round.


Psychology Clinic at Queen’s

$ 40,000 to launch the Brief Telepsychology Service for Kingston and Area

Vulnerable children, adolescents, adults and families in Kingston and the surrounding area will have access to short-term, coping-focused virtual psychotherapy support.


The Food Sharing Project

$24,800 to provide healthy food boxes to families during summer 2020

To prepare and deliver healthy food boxes and grocery store gift cards to an estimated 600 families, bi-weekly, during July and August.


Victorian Order of Nurses – Kingston

$ 20,207 to retrofit patient transportation vans

The installation of plexiglass barriers between drivers and clients and seat covers in their Health Vans will support improved cleaning and safety for all their vulnerable passengers.


Rural Frontenac Community Services

$21,000 to address COVID-19 transportation needs in Rural Frontenac

This grant will subsidize the costs for volunteer rides and deliveries to help meet the increased transportation needs of vulnerable Rural Frontenac residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Rural Frontenac Community Services

$16,500 to support seniors in Rural Frontenac during COVID

To reach out to seniors during the pandemic to meet their individual needs and mitigate the effects of social isolation.


St. Vincent de Paul Society of Kingston

$16,000 for the Sanitation Project

To create a paid staff position that will be solely responsible for maintaining a safe environment (by cleaning surfaces and maintaining proper rotation of donated items) for clients as they access their Meal Program, Emergency Food Pantry and Clothing Wear House Program.


Book Clubs for Inmates

$10,000 to support book clubs in local federal prisons

Seven existing book clubs whose members are incarcerated within our community will receive books. (Collin’s Bay Institution, Bath Institution, Joyceville Institution, and Millhaven Institution)


Kingston Interval House for Women and Children in Crisis

$11,700 for Robin’s Hope Supportive Housing Coordinator extra coverage

COVID-19 has significantly increased the demand for services at the Robin’s Hope facility and the shelter has had to increase staff hours to ensure that clients can continue to be served in this new reality.


The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Kingston Chapter

$7,000 for the Short-term Financial Assistance and Patient Program

This program provides a vital safety net and resources for people living with kidney disease and includes transportation requirements for dialysis, medication not covered by OHIP, blood pressure cuffs, as well as basic needs such as rent, utilities, and groceries.


Ryandale Shelter

$ 2,646 to supplement wages for the Transition House Manager

Responding to the increased demand for services, the shelter is using this grant to supplement wages for the significant additional hours required during the pandemic.


Rural Frontenac Community Services

$2,500 for Youth Hub Hygiene Care Kits

The organization will deliver Hygiene Care Kits for 200 youth ages 13-21 living in Rural Frontenac with basic hygiene supplies, information on active resources available in their community, along with care items used for emotional regulation and coping strategies (stress balls, journals, colouring sheets).


Let’s Talk Science

$ 2,060 for The Horizon Learning Pack Project

Distributed through the Foodbank, grade 4-6 students in the Kingston area will receive a Horizon Learning Pack. Recognizing some families may have internet access issues, these kits do not require internet. Each learning pack will include hands-on STEM and literacy activities, an age-appropriate book, supplies and manipulatives.


Easter Seals Ontario

$2,000 for Camp E-aster Seals          

With the cancellation of traditional summer camps, this project will provide an online camp experience to 22 Easter Seals youth from Kingston; allowing them to enjoy a virtual camp experience and giving their parents/caregivers a well-needed break.


Stay tuned for an announcement regarding grants awarded in Round 2.

Applications are being accepted until 12:00 noon July 10, 2020 for the third and final round.  Click here for application details.

About the Emergency Community Support Fund

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting and expanding their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Emergency Community Support Fund is funded by the Government of Canada through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

275 Ontario Street Suite #100
Kingston, ON K7K 2X5
Phone: 613.546.9696
Fax: 613.531.9238
Email: info@cfka.org