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COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)

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


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