Help the most vulnerable as our
community responds to COVID-19 together.

Many local people could not, and cannot, afford to prepare for how COVID-19 is affecting their lives. The United Way of Thunder Bay has partnered with the Thunder Bay Community Foundation to establish a COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. The fund provides emergency relief to front-line agencies and partners to help ensure that people’s basic needs are met during this unprecedented public health challenge.

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Emergency Community Support Fund

United Way of Thunder Bay in collaboration with the Thunder Bay Community Foundation are now accepting applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and non-profit organizations serve and support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has been made available by the Government of Canada and funding streams are being administered by United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. United Way of Thunder Bay is proud to support this important investment by the Federal Government and to partner once again with the Thunder Bay Community Foundation to administer the fund in Northwestern Ontario.

Who can Apply?
Organizations that provide direct services to vulnerable populations who are impacted by COVID-19 may apply.

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. United Way of Thunder Bay 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 an ongoing basis through July 2020. We anticipate a high volume of requests and are working to ensure that all requests are reviewed as quickly as possible.

To submit an application, visit the Joint Thunder Bay Community Foundation and United Way of Thunder Bay Grant Application Portal.


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

For questions not addressed in these resources, please contact for assistance.

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