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UPDATE June 22, 2020 HCF has now allocated all of its funding available through the ECSF. If you would like to apply for this funding, please direct your application to the United Way Halton Hamilton.

In addition to our Pandemic Response Fund, Hamilton Community Foundation is participating in the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) along with the United Way of Halton & Hamilton. Funded by the Government of Canada, the ECSF is a $350 million fund being implemented with Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada.

Grants from the ECSF assist vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the ECSF, the Foundation will be investing an additional $1.18 million towards ensuring the most vulnerable Hamiltonians are safe and healthy.

As of June 18, the following Hamilton organizations have received a grant from the Emergency Community Support Fund through Hamilton Community Foundation:


Afro Canadian Caribbean AssociationSupports Black Community Response to Covid Coalition to provide assistance to isolated seniors and the most vulnerable in relation to food security, housing, and social inclusion.$71,640
Body BraveSupports urgent online multi-disciplinary community care and public education, including group treatment programs, individual psychotherapy and community outreach, for women facing life-threatening mental illness.$45,250
Canadian National Institute for the BlindSupports CNIB virtual programs that reduce social isolation including tech training, career support and low-impact physical activity.$5,000
Catholic Children's Aid Society of HamiltonSupports financial stabilization for families in kin-service arrangements.$63,000
Dr. Bob Kemp HospiceSupports hiring of clinical bereavement therapist to reduce isolation, reduce caregiver burden and to support the bereaved through virtual platforms.$50,000
Eagle's Nest Association of WaterdownFunding for counselling, coaching, and support groups for women who are struggling with mental health concerns, unhealthy relationships, and abuse.$10,000
Food for LifeSupports purchase of refrigerated van for food delivery to people living in poverty.$65,000
Jewish Social Services of HamiltonSupports community garden as a safe community engagement opportunity.$15,000
The Kidney FoundationFinancial support for low income patients suffering from kidney disease to purchase groceries, medical supplies and pay for transportation to their appointments.$5,000
The King's Way Outreach CentreSupports purchase of a van to deliver food donations to support vulnerable families.$45,000
Liberty for YouthSupports Liberty For Youth Mentoring Program online transition including tutoring services, online education, online counselling services, virtual program content, virtual mentorship session and online co-op and volunteer opportunities.$50,000
Shalem Mental Health NetworkSupports installation of motion-activated sinks, toilets and soap dispensers for washrooms at the Shalem Counselling Clinic.$4,250
Tetra SocietySupports purchase of food gift cards for clients with disabilities.$3,000