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UWCNEO Announces Emergency Community Support Fund - Round Two Investments

United Way Centraide North East Ontario - Thursday, 3 December 2020

On October 5, 2020, United Way Centraide North East Ontario/Nord-est de l’Ontario (UWCNEO) launched a second call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). This targeted investment by the Government of Canada, administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, provides financial support to charities and qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of Canada has now released the balance of funding for ECSF and UWCNEO is pleased to announce that 18 organizations throughout the district have been approved for funding with an investment totalling $406,151. Organizations receiving funding include:

  • Living Space North Against Poverty will receive $50,000 for the Peer Development Program
  • Better Beginnings Educational Fund will receive $37,000 for the Student Nutrition Manitoulin Food Hub
  • The Gathering Place will receive $15,000 to help with the expansion of the Meal Outreach Program
  • The Children’s Aid Society of Nipissing and Parry Sound will receive $5,000 in both North Bay and Parry Sound to increase food security for Kinship providers
  • YWCA will receive $22,500 in funding to help improve access to services for survivors of domestic violence

View the complete listing of organizations that received Emergency Community Support Fund Round 2 Investments, a brief description of the approved programs and a breakdown of the funding allocations.

“The ECSF has been instrumental in helping frontline service providers continue to offer programs and supports to help our communities’ most vulnerable citizens. Through the initial ECSF investment, UWCNEO disbursed over $970,000 regionally. With today’s announcement of round two investments, a combined total of more than $1.37M to date is being put to work in our communities,” says Mary Lou Hussak, executive director of UWCNEO. “These investments are helping organizations adapt and deliver essential programs that are impacting thousands of lives.”

“Charities and non-profit organizations are at the heart of our communities, helping the most vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue their invaluable work.”
-The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

More information on the Emergency Community Support Fund is available here.


For almost four decades, UWCNEO has been a part of the social fabric that connects our community. Our strength is bringing people together to address complex issues and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We invest in programs and collaborations that create lasting change. For more information, visit www.uwcneo.com.

About ECSF
The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund aims to help charities and non-profit organizations adapt and increase frontline services during COVID-19. Funding is intended to support frontline community-based service providers who serve vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples and members of racialized communities.

Media Contact
Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director
T: 705-560-3330 ext. 201

Regional Media Contact
Jennifer Gorman, Regional Manager
T: (705) 531-7233 ext. 305


For decades, UWCNEO has been committed to making our community a place where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. In addition to research and advocacy, we invest in the most effective local programs in the areas of poverty, community and kids.