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Update October 1, 2020: A second round of ECSF granting is now available. For more information and to apply, click here.  For frequently asked questions, click here.

In addition to our Pandemic Response Fund, Hamilton Community Foundation participates 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  implemented by 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 first round of ECSF, the Foundation invested an additional $1.18 million towards ensuring the most vulnerable Hamiltonians are safe and healthy. In the second round, an additional $457,000 is available through HCF.

The following Hamilton organizations received a grant from Round 1 of the  Emergency Community Support Fund through Hamilton Community Foundation:

A RochaSupports online education sessions and virtual hikes for persons with disabilities providing a connection to the natural world. $20,000
ACORN Institute CanadaSupports to provide Hamiltonians with knowledge and tools about their rights and responsibilities as tenants.$30,000
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
Bereaved Families of Ontario South Central Region Supports a weekly grief support program for children and their caregivers including children's grief support activities, art therapy tools, along with providing virtual grief support sessions.$20,000
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
Cancer Assistance ProgramSupport Drive and Ride program which provides patients with free & safe transportation to cancer-related appointments.$30,000
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
Childhood Cancer CanadaSupports the COVID-19 Emergency Fund which provides financial and food security support to families who have a child or adolescent in active cancer treatment and to young adults in active cancer treatment.$5,000
City Kidz MinistrySupports programs that provide basic needs for families.$10,000
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
Easter Seals OntarioSupports an online camp experience to 64 children and youth with physical disabilities to mitigate lost opportunities due to COVID-19 $5,600
Elizabeth Fry SocietySupport re-opening of space for programming that cannot be done remotely.$25,000
Empowerment SquaredSupports Mental Health Connect which offers services and language supports for newcomers.$60,000
Flamborough ConnectsSupports the Connecting to Community project which expands technology and remote access and support.$11,820
Food for LifeSupports purchase of refrigerated van for food delivery to people living in poverty.$65,000
Good ShepherdSupports provision of grocery gift cards, bus tickets and virtual access to health care for vulnerable students.$2,000
Hamilton & District Extend-a-FamilySupports the Volunteer Buddy Program which provides ongoing socialization for children with special needs including virtual activities.$16,606
Hamilton Centre for Civic InclusionSupports black youth in Hamilton with educational materials.$48,000
Hamilton Downtown MosqueSupports provision and delivery of food kits for families. $33,750
Helping HandsSupports establishment of a safe and healthy space for accessing email/internet and online resources while libraries remain closed.$5,000
Indwell Community HomesSupports sanitation and food costs, technology and IT services.$50,000
Jennifer Ashleigh Children's CharitySupports financial assistance to families with sick children.$5,000
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
Let’s Talk ScienceSupports distribution of learning packs to vulnerable youth in Grades 4-6.$26,628
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
Life Line WorshipSupports provision of basic needs including counselling, food baskets, and clothing for vulnerable residents. $15,000
Lift ChurchSupports Grocery Support Program which provides and delivers groceries to the international student community in Hamilton.$30,000
Macassa Lodge/City of HamiltonSupports staffing for pandemic-related resident programming.$10,000
March of Dimes CanadaSupports Aphasia Connect which promotes an inclusive and accessible virtual environment for adults with aphasia.$20,000
March of Dimes CanadaCovers staffing costs associated with Social Connect program.$15,000
Salvation ArmySupports vulnerable people with pandemic related needs and reintegration during the pandemic.$35,052
The Scleroderma Society of OntarioSupports online self-care/care community support education program designed to promote mental and emotional wellness for persons living with scleroderma and their caregivers.$25,000
Shalem Mental Health NetworkSupports installation of motion-activated sinks, toilets and soap dispensers for washrooms at the Shalem Counselling Clinic.$4,250
Speqtrum/YWCA HamiltonSupports virtual programming for Hamiltonians in the LGBTQ community including BIPOC and youth .$25,000
St. Joseph’s Healthcare FoundationSupports a 24/7 mental health support program for front-line workers including virtual counselling and peer support. $50,000
St. Matthew’s HouseSupports Seniors First Response Team which assists vulnerable people.$25,000
Student Open CirclesSupport volunteer connection process transition to online service delivery.$20,000
Tetra SocietySupports purchase of food gift cards for clients with disabilities.$3,000
Wentworth Lodge/City of HamiltonSupports staffing and technology for pandemic-related resident programming.$10,000
Westdale Cinema GroupSupports "Music Bucket" program where lead artist hosts weekly online workshops on how to build instruments for adults with mental health issues.$10,278
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/BrantfordSupports virtual wellness programs for seniors.$25,000
YWCA HamiltonSupports staffing costs for two peer support workers to assist women seeking housing and accessing services.$30,186