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Posted: May 21, 2020

United Way accepting applications for ECSF

United Way East Kootenay is accepting funding applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified donees adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ECSF was announced by the Government of Canada and is administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

United Way East Kootenay is proud to support the important investment of $245,365 into our local communities.

“Canadian charities and not for profits are always there to help you, in your time of need. But the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing real challenges to these important organizations. With today’s announcement, the Government of Canada will be there for them so they can continue to be there for Canadians,” stated Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

The mandate of United Way East Kootenay is “to provide financial assistance and support to registered charities which promote or enhance life for those who suffer physical, mental, emotional or financial barriers in our region.”

Our region includes to the west; Creston to Kingsgate, Kaslo, Crawford Bay and Balfour to central area of Cranbrook, Kimberley, Jaffray, Wardner and Wasa.  To the north and eastern areas of the Columbia Valley and Elk Valley which include Invermere, Sparwood, Fernie, Roosville, Elko, Radium and many smaller communities. A large region with larger communities housing the majority of services for residents of smaller communities.  In some areas satellite service locations may exist.  The United Way office is located in Cranbrook and is available and working on outlying community outreach and collaborations on an ongoing basis.

To receive guidelines and application for Emergency Community Support Funding email [email protected]

United Way East Kootenay


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