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COVID-19 Relief

 NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE:

For Round 2 of Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) funding, The United Way of Pictou County received over $253,310 in application requests from 31 charities.  About ¼ of that amount was available to us through the Government of Canada’s ECSF Round 2.

Because of kind and generous donations from our local Pictou County community, our Board of Directors had the ability to consider (and approve) allocating additional Community Investments (CI) dollars toward COVID-19 relief and recovery initiatives. On November 27, 2020 are pleased to be awarding an additional $37,000 in Community Investment Funds to 4 Pictou County charities:

  • Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education – Schools Plus Pictou County’s Winter Clothing Tree
  • Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education – G. Baillie Memorial School’s Food/Backpack Program
  • Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education – Frank H. MacDonald Academy’s Food/Backpack Program
  • Tearmann Society for Abused Women – Alternative Shelter Programs for Women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Way of Pictou County has also approved an additional $10,400 in COVID-19 related grants in Pictou County through the Atlantic Compassion Fund to:

  • East Pictou Education Foundation - COVID-19 Educational Materials and Meals Program
  • Pictou Community New Horizons 50+ Club – Safeguards and Materials to Reopen using and maintaining COVID-19 protocols
  • Pictou United Church – Seniors Holiday Outreach Program (non-denominational)
  • Pictou United Church – Meals for Seniors (non-denominational)

To summarize, on November 27, 2020, the United Way of Pictou County is allocating to 18 Pictou County charities a total of $91,720 for 19 projects.  And, in Antigonish County, 6 charities will be receiving a total of $20,896. 

The funding above is in addition to our previously allocated COVID-19 relief and recovery initiatives:

  • The Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program grants of $33,800 to 11 charities in Pictou and Antigonish Counties in May.   
  • The Atlantic Compassion Fund’s corporate and individual donations of $24,044.30 to 11 charities for 12 programs in Pictou and Antigonish Counties.
  • The Province of Nova Scotia’s investment through the Atlantic Compassion Fund of $63,000 to 18 charities for 19 programs in Pictou and Antigonish Counties in May.
  • An ECSF investment of $185,269to 21 Pictou and Antigonish County organizations in June.

Total Amount of COVID-19 Funding Requested from United Way of Pictou County: $637,826.94

Total funding allocated to COVID-19 relief and recovery as of November 27,2020: $418,729.30

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Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

Funded by the Government of Canada

On October 5, 2020, the United Way of Pictou County launched a second call for 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 Government of Canada has released the balance of funding for ECSF which is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

Today, the United Way of Pictou County is pleased to share an update on the recipients of this second round of funding. United Way of Pictou County received 31 requests totaling over $253,000 in funding applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. In Pictou County, 11 organizations have been approved for a total of $44,320. In Antigonish County, 6 organizations have been approved for a total of $20,896:

In Pictou County:

  • Aberdeen Palliative Care Society – Respite Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County – Sport/Recreation Registration Assistance and Holiday Support
  • John Howard Society of Nova Scotia – Food Security, Comfort/Hygiene Bags, Winter Clothing and Transportation
  • Kidney Foundation, Atlantic Branch – Emergency Short Term Financial Assistance Program (STFA)
  • Pictou County Continuous Learning Association (PiCCoLA) - Technology
  • Pictou County Sexual Health Centre - Access Success - Product and Service Provision and Delivery
  • Pictou County Women's Resource and Sexual Assault Centre – Food Hampers
  • Summer Street – Anti-Poverty Care Boxes
  • Viola's Place Society – Shift Worker
  • VON Pictou County – Meals Subsidy
  • YMCA of Pictou County – Subsidized Memberships for Mental Health and Addictions Referrals

In Antigonish County:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County – Sport/Recreation Registration Assistance and Holiday Support
  • Immaculate Conception Parish - Tri-Parish COVID-19 Relief, Meals and Check-ins
  • John Howard Society of Nova Scotia - Scotia – Food Security, Comfort/Hygiene Bags, Winter Clothing and Transportation
  • Kidney Foundation, Atlantic Branch – Emergency Short Term Financial Assistance Program (STFA)
  • Syria Antigonish Families Embrace (SAFE) Society - Safe Newcomer Arrival and Settlement during COVID-19
  • VON Antigonish -– Meals Subsidy and Adult Day Program

 United Way of Pictou County is proud to support this important investment of $65,216 into our local communities.

 

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Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) - Round 2 Funding

Funded by the Government of Canada

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The United Way of Pictou County will be accepting applications, starting on October 5, 2020, for the second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is part of the $350 million made available by the Government of Canada and administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. The United Way of Pictou County is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government.

From October 5 to October 30, 2020, The United Way of Pictou County will be accepting applications for funding. Who can Apply?

Through the United Way of Pictou County will fund organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19 in Pictou and/or Antigonish Counties.

Your organization is eligible to receive funding if your organization has a charitable number, or is otherwise a qualified donee, and is providing supports and services to meet immediate community needs related to the COVID-19. The United Way of Pictou County may also partner with nonprofits, through agent agreements, delivering services that align with our organization’s charitable objects.

This funding is intended to support frontline community service organizations providing services to support vulnerable Canadians, including low-income seniors, women, children and youth, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, refugees, Indigenous peoples, members of racialized communities, and more.

Funds may be used for immediate needs and priorities related to the impact of COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, services such as:

  • Preparing and delivering meals and/or food hampers
  • Supporting individuals in accessing income supports and financial coaching
  • Providing home care or personal support for seniors, elders, and persons with disabilities
  • Mental health & wellness supports, including crisis counselling and peer support
  • Personal safety supports, including for those living in or escaping situations of violence
  • Access to safe transport for essential appointment and errands, and
  • Others

What Types of Activities could be Funded?

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Developing and/or delivering new programs, services or delivery models as a result of COVID-19
  • Sharing information and knowledge
  • Engaging and recruiting volunteers

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted starting October 5, 2020. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

CLICK HERE to access the application form. Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Questions?

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and Application Guide.

ECSF Frequently Asked Questions

ECSF Round 2 Applicant Guide

ECSF Round 2 Application Form

For questions not addressed in these resources, please Ellen Fanning, Executive Director, for assistance.

United Way of Pictou County

Ellen Fanning

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902-755-1754

 

Submit applications on or before 5:00 pm Friday, October 30th to Ellen Fanning by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You are also welcome to drop off a hard copy of your application to 342 Stewart Street, Unit 1, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

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Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) - Round 1 Funding

Funded by the Government of Canada

Emergency Community Support Fund Helps Those Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

On May 19, United Way of Pictou County launched a call for 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 is funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

United Way of Pictou County is pleased to share an update on the recipients of this funding. United Way of Pictou County received 23 applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members in Pictou and Antigonish Counties. The United Way of Pictou County is proud to support the important total investment of $185,269 to the 21 organizations that have been approved.

  • Aberdeen Palliative Care Society
  • Antigonish Adult Learning Association
  • Antigonish Affordable Housing Society
  • Autism Nova Scotia, Pictou County Chapter
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County
  • Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia - Antigonish County
  • Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia - Pictou County
  • Nova Scotia Community Links - Antigonish County
  • Nova Scotia Community Links - Pictou County
  • Pictou County Women’s Resource and Sexual Assault Centre
  • Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library - Antigonish County
  • Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library - Pictou County
  • Riverview Home Volunteer Association
  • Summer Street
  • The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia
  • The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch
  • Town of New Glasgow / Kids First
  • United Way of Pictou County’s Backpack for Kids
  • VON Antigonish County
  • VON Pictou County
  • YMCA of Pictou County

"Canadian charities and non-profit organizations have stepped up to serve more Canadians than ever while dealing with fewer donations and fewer volunteers, but they need our help. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so they can continue to serve the most vulnerable members of our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.  

“Vulnerable people are significantly impacted and are experiencing the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic differently,” says Ellen Fanning, Executive Director of United Way of Pictou County. “We’re pleased to be working with local partners to ensure rapid relief reaches those that need it most. The ECSF will also ensure that community service organizations can strengthen their capacity to meet the urgent needs of individuals and families disproportionately impacted during this crisis.”

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About United Way of Pictou County

This year, United Way of Pictou County celebrates its 60th Anniversary. Since 1960, we have supported marginalized and vulnerable persons in our community! Together with our funded agencies, volunteers, and partners, we work collaboratively to bring people together to make positive and sustainable impacts on our community.

Media Contacts:

Ellen Fanning, Executive Director

902-755-1754

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New Horizons for Seniors Program COVID-19 Response Fund

Pictou and Antigonish Counties

Funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program

 Through the COVID-19 New Horizons for Seniors Program, a total of $33,800 was distributed to eleven registered Canadian charities in Pictou and Antigonish Counties. Approximately 800 people received assistance through this program designed to help vulnerable seniors 55+ negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for details regarding the charities and programs/initiatives supported.

 

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