Emergency Community Support Fund

Investment from the Government of Canada to address the impact of the pandemic.

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COVID-19 continues to have a huge impact on our most vulnerable residents.

The Government of Canada committed $350 million to help frontline charities support our most vulnerable populations across Canada. Locally, the initial Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) allocations to Halifax were rolled into our Atlantic Compassion Fund during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ECSF Round 2 funding was intended to help charities between December 2020 and March 31, 2021.

Applications for ECSF Round 2 were completed in October and decisions were finalized in November. Over $1 million in funding was requested, with only $550,000 available to United Way Halifax to disburse. This led to very difficult decisions. We know the need in community is great, and we appreciate the time and effort taken in each application.

Beyond the initial criteria set out by the Government of Canada, we prioritized organizations whose populations are living in or at highest risk of living in poverty, and organizations serving African Nova Scotian, African, Caribbean, Black and Indigenous communities.

The following is a list of HRM charities who were successful in their application for ECSF Round 2:

  • Alice House
  • Autism Nova Scotia
  • BayRides
  • Boys & Girls Club of Preston
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax-Dartmouth Branch
  • Chebucto Connections
  • Chebucto Family Centre
  • Coverdale Courtwork Society
  • East Hants Family Resource Centre
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia
  • Halifax Transition House Association (HTHA) (Bryony House Shelter)
  • Hope Blooms Youth Social Entrepreneurial Ventures Inc
  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
  • Knox United Church
  • LOVE Nova Scotia
  • Mi’kmaw Native Frienship Society (Mainline)
  • Musquodoboit Valley Family Resource Centre
  • Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank
  • Shelter Nova Scotia
  • Souls Harbour Rescue Mission
  • St. George’s YouthNet
  • Stepping Stone Association
  • The East Preston Day Care Centre
  • The North Grove
  • The Old School Community Gathering Place
  • The Public Good Society of Dartmouth
  • Veith House
  • Vets Canada
  • Vineyard Christian Fellowship (Sackville Area Warming Centre)
  • Welcome Housing and Support Services
  • Youth Voices of Nova Scotia Society

The following is a list of charities in areas not served by a United Way, who were successful in their application for ECSF Round 2:

  • Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association
  • Ardoise Community Recreation Center
  • Digby Area Learning Association
  • Evangel AssemblyLe Transport de Clare Society
  • Sherbrooke Opportunities Society
  • South Shore Family Resource Association
  • The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia
  • West Hants Dial a Ride

Download a PDF list of Emergency Community Support Fund Round 2 recipients.


ECSF Round 2 - HRM Charities
ECSF Round 2 - HRM Charity Recipients
ECSF Round 2 - Out of Area Charities
ECSF Round 2 - Out of Area Charity Recipients