The $350M fund for charities and non-profits has launched. Here’s how it works.

Funding will go to local organizations, including some non-qualified donees

Why It Matters

With charities and non-profits across Canada struggling for volunteers and experiencing surging demand, the rollout of the federal government’s $350 million emergency funding charitable projects comes not a moment too soon. The fund’s support for local initiatives and its inclusion of non-qualified donees could be an effective way of reaching vulnerable Canadians, partner organizations say. But without a much larger stabilization fund in the long-term, much of the social impact sector might not survive the pandemic.

Last month, Justin Trudeau announced a $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profits support the vulnerable populations that have been most affected by COVID-19. 

This week the funds began rolling out, distributed by United Way Centraide Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and the Community Foundations of Canada, along with a $25 million fund to assist Black community organizations.

“Canadian charities and the non-profit sector play an essential role in supporting Canadians during COVID-19, and we are here to support them,” said Jessica Eritou, communications assistant to Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

“These are unprecedented times, and with this fund, we’re giving

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