Applications open for Community Services Recovery Fund

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Local community groups can apply for funding through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF). 

A total of $400 million will go to charities, non-profits, and Indigenous governing bodies to help them provide pandemic relief to Canadian communities through adaptation and modernization.  

Applications for the recovery fund are open until 8pm on Feb. 21. 

The national funders for the CSRF are Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and United Way Centraide Canada. 

United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin is proud to help local community organizations “continue to adapt to the changing needs and increasing demand for services in our communities” through the CSRF, said executive director Glenna Banda. 

The Guelph Community Foundation, United Way, and the Canadian Red Cross will be distributing funds to successful applicants in Wellington County. 

Guelph Community Foundation executive director Chris Willard said the CSRF provides a unique chance for non-profit organizations “to improve and modernize their organizational systems and processes. 

“This will ultimately increase their resiliency for years to come,” Willard added.

The amount of funding provided is based on an array of criteria. It ranges from $10,000 to $500,000 per organization for project expenses incurred between May 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. 

The one-time funding will support projects that strengthen internal capacities by: 

  • recruiting, retaining, and engaging personnel like staff and volunteers;
  • investing in internal systems and processes; or
  • using information gained during the COVID-19 pandemic to redesign and innovate. 

The funding “will strengthen the ability of community service organizations … to deliver services and resources where they will have the most impact,” stated Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould. 

More information about applying for the funding is available on the CSRF website at