The application portal for Round 2 of the Emergency Community Support Fund is now closed. Overall, Durham Community Foundation received almost 3x more in funding requests than is available to grant in this round.

Deliberations are underway with announcements in early December.

Durham Community Foundation awards $1,336,693 in grants through the Emergency Community Support Fund Round 1

Durham Community Foundation is proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver $1,232,110 through the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in the Region of Durham and an additional $104,729 in the municipality of Northumberland County. 

Since launching in May 2020, our Foundation responded to 306 calls from local charities, reviewed 151 applications and awarded funds to 119 registered charities providing support to children, youth, seniors, as well as special care and supports to those most in need.

We are grateful for the work these charities do to ensure our community remains strong and resilient during these unprecedented times.

Here’s a list of the charities that received funding in Round 1.

Organization NameProject TitleApproved Amount
5244735 Open Arms of Jesus ChristStrive to Survive15000
2 Whitby RCACS-SSCAlternative safe delivery of our program during the COVID environment.15000
Abilities Centre DurhamEmployABILITY - Virtual and in-person pre-employment programs for individuals with disabilities15000
AIDS Committee of Durham RegionACDR Isolation Support Program 15000
Ajax Pickering Navy League BranchYouth Development2500
Ajax Public Library BoardAjax Public Library's Social Worker Program15000
All Saints Anglican ChurchFood Bank and Christmas Hamper Programme7500
Alzheimer Society of Durham RegionFrom COVID-19 to the Future15000
Art With A Heart Inc.Day Camp 202014840
Autism Home Base Durham Inc.Connections for Autistic Adults and People Who Love Them15000
Belka Enrichment Center Belka-CGM Covid-19 Support-1915000
Bethesda HouseA Second Chance for "Second Chance" Customers and Volunteers7000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of ClaringtonVolunteer recruitment, training engagement and retention revitalization 10000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of ClaringtonVirtual Summer Program4000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North DurhamVirtual Group Mentoring (VGM)15000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NorthumberlandVirtual Mentoring Program5000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NorthumberlandHoop Zone - Virtual Group Mentoring Program14583
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West DurhamVirtual Mentoring Program15000
Building Youth CapacityProgram Transition to an Online Format15000
Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario DivisionLiving Life To The Full during and post Covid-1915000
Carea Community Health CentreEmergency Food Security Program (COVID-19)15000
Carea Community Health Centre on behalf of Community ConnectionCommunity Connection Centre Food Security Program14400
Centre for Conscious Awareness - CanadaPositive Living - Mental Wellbeing Program for Seniors15000
Christian Faith Outreach Centre (CFOC)Next Steps - Supporting our Community15000
Clarington Public LibraryLibrary Material Delivery for Vulnerable Populations 4500
Community Justice Alternatives of Durham RegionRethinking Education - Culturally Aware Tutoring & Mentoring15000
Community Living Ajax Pickering and WhitbySafe and Healthy Program15000
Corporation of the Town of WhitbyAfterschool Playground Program15000
Crohn's and Colitis CanadaCOVID-19 and IBD: Webinars, Resources and Community Outreach5000
Diabetes Canada A Dose of D-Camps
Doxa Pentecostal Tabernacle Ministries Homeless iniative4838
Doxa Pentecostal Tabernacle Ministries Inc.Telephone Reassurance, Hot Meal and Grocery Delivery Program15000
Durham Alliance OutreachDurham Alliance Outreach - Cares - We are family15000
Durham Children's Aid FoundationPositive Transitions For Youth 15000
Durham College of Applied Arts and TechnologyLoaner Laptops for Accessible Learning12000
Durham College of Applied Arts and TechnologyLaptops for Accessible Learning3000
Durham Community Legal ClinicAddressing Pandemic Housing15000
Durham Deaf ServicesOnline accessibility for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals during COVID pandemic15000
Durham Family Court ClinicCollaborative Day Treatment Program's (CDTP) Student Support Pandemic Response Project15000
Durham Rape Crisis CentreText4U - Safe Text Support Services for Survivors (STSSS)15000
Durham Region Unemployed Help CentreHiring International Professional Talent in Durham Region (HIP Talent)15000
Durham Youth Services Provide virtual psychotherapy for at-risk and homeless youth.14950
Easter Seals OntarioCamp E-aster Seals8000
Epilepsy Durham RegionCommunity Epilepsy Care | A Virtual Connection5550
Feed the Need in DurhamIncreased cold storage and cold chain capacity 15000
FOOTPRINTS 4 AutismFOOTPRINTS Covid19 Health and Safety Response8000
Friends In Toronto Community ServicesiConnect Youth Program15000
Gate 3:16 Outreach CentrePandemic Security - Food and Hygiene15000
Girls Inc. of DurhamNo Girl Left Behind Virtual Programming15000
Grandview Children's FoundationHelp Kids receive 130 hours of Speech-Language Pathology this year.
Green Wood CoalitionReconnecting Community10000
Hearth Place Cancer Support CentreOperational Expenses13000
Humane Society of Durham RegionSafePet Program5000
Humane Society of Durham RegionSafePet Program10000
Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity (JACC)Food and Shelter for Seriously Ill Children/Families Affected by COVID-1915000
Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity (JACC)Food/Shelter for Seriously Ill Children/Families Affected by COVID-19 in Northumberland5000
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioTransforming Students’ Future with Critical Life Skills10000
Kennedy HouseBrock Rd. Developmental Residential Group Home. 15000
Lake Ridge Community Support ServicesNavigating the Internet Safely9019
Lakeridge Health FoundationKeeping Mental Health Patients Connected to Care 10350
Let's Talk Science/Parlons SciencesThe Horizon Project2884
Literacy Network of Durham RegionBibliotherapy - Online Programming 7825
Luke's Place Support & Resource Centre for Women & ChildrenEnhanced COVID-informed Legal Support Services for Women Fleeing Abuse15000
March of Dimes CanadaAphasia Connect Virtual Group15000
Municipality of ClaringtonOlder Adult Virtual Programs15000
Muscular Dystrophy CanadaVirtual Muscular Dystrophy Canada Programs & Services3000
North HouseAppliances and Shelving for COVID-19 Support9500
Northumberland CountyEngaging and including excluded and unheard voices for Community Safety 5000
Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with CancerOPACC Durham Gift Card Program5000
Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental HealthDedicated high-speed internet for patient engagement and corporate activities15000
Phil Lewis World Evangelism NetworkThe Good Medicine Project15000
Pickering Public LibraryInternet Kits15000
Port Hope Community Health CentreCHCN Food Cupboard10000
Precious Minds Support ServicesSkills for Life Adult Day Program5000
Relay Education (Legally, TREC Charitable Foundation)Green Collar Careers for Durham Region12500
Renascent Foundation Inc.Virtual Addiction Treatment Programs 15000
RESOUND ChoirSing Safely with RESOUND Choir! Online Community Engagement Through Singing14850
Rose of DurhamBuilding a children's outdoor playground.12000
Scientists in SchoolBringing Virtual STEM Workshops to Vulnerable Children in Durham Region
Scientists in SchoolBringing Virtual STEM Workshops to Vulnerable Children in Northumberland County4810
Sedna Women's Shelter (The Denise House)Virtual and Innovative Support to Women and Children9000
Sounds of the Next Generation (SONG)SONG: Helping Kids Sing, Play, Connect and Be Well 10000
St. Andrew's Community Foodbank and Support ProgramSt. Andrew's Community Foodbank and Support Program COVID-19 Response15000
Starlight Children's Foundation CanadaPlay From Home Pack10000
Sunrise Youth GroupVirtual Programming15000
The Boys and Girls Club of DurhamA Safe Space for Children During COVID-1915000
The Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre Mental Health Support Program for high risk pediatric patients15000
The Durham Girls' ChoirDurham Girls’ Choir Virtual Programming8550
The Help and Legal Centre of NorthumberlandHolistic Program Evaluation: Clients, Volunteers, and Community Partners10000
The Navy League of Canada - Oshawa BranchProject Recruitment3000
The Nourish and Develop FoundationThe Nourish and Develop Foundation Mobile Market15000
The Power to Be InternationalAkeelah's Room Upgrade to Support Online Program and Events 10000
The Refuge Youth Outreach CentreSocial Inclusion for Marginalized Youth3400
The Refuge Youth Outreach CentreThriving Communities8175
The Region of DurhamFinancial Literacy Coaching to Support Residents Managing Impacts of COVID-1915000
The Robert McLaughlin GalleryUpping Engagement - Providing Digital Access to the Arts15000
The Salvation Army COVID 19 Costs (Food Bank Equipment Purchases)15000
The Salvation Army Hope Community ChurchCovid-19 Program Operating Assistance15000
The Salvation Army Oshawa Community and Family ServicesFood Bank Equipment purchase15000
Their Opportunity Minor Sports CorporationBody Meets Mind - A Mindful Movement and Psychoeducation Program14500
Transition House Coalition of NorthumberlandRefurbishing to meet public health requirements.10000
Ummah Foundation of DurhamZakaat UFD15000
Ummati SchoolBBM15000
University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOntario Tech Student Relief Fund15000
Uxbridge Youth CentreArt-To-Go – An Arts & Crafts Delivery Program 15000
Victim Services of Durham RegionSay No More - Combating Human Trafficking during COVID-1915000
Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada-Ontario Branch, Durham Site (VON Durham)Enhanced Infection Prevention & Control Measures within Hospice Programs15000
Victorian Order of Nurses Serving Hastings Northumberland Prince EdwardPort Hope Adult Day Program Furniture10000
Victory Neighbourhood Services Inc.Victory Children and Youth Counselling Program15000
We Grow FoodGarden Coordinator: to Ensure Continuity of Operations 15000
WindReach Farm FoundationA New Normal for WindReach Farm15000
Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham (WMRCC)On-line Training Program for Newcomer and Immigrant Women14881
YMCA NorthumberlandMothers of Newborns Program-Virtual Stream10000
YWCA Durham - The Oshawa Young Women's Christian AssociationCOVID-19 Protection for Clients, Staff and Volunteers 11996
YWCA Durham (lead agency) in the Violence Against Women Coalition Mileage costs for IPAC consultant to attend on-site.3004
Zion Christian Reformed ChurchZion-Hope Food Bank Expansion10100
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