Emergency Community Support Fund - Round 1

Please note: Applications for funding are no longer being accepted and funds have already been dispersed into the community. Please continue reading to learn about how the funds were distributed to support the most vulnerable in our community

United Way Regina and the Government of Canada support Vulnerable Populations in Regina and Surrounding Area

Regina, SK – July 27, 2020

On May 19, United Way Regina launched an open call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) and is now pleased to announce an investment of over $980,000 funded by the Government of Canada. These funds will be distributed to agencies and organizations to support vulnerable people in Regina and surrounding area as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.

Over the past month, United Way Regina received 61 applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. Community agencies and organizations could apply for more than one service or more than one area. Experienced local volunteers reviewed all the applications and 43 agencies and organizations have been approved. Activities for grants must be completed by March 31, 2021.

This funding is intended to assist community agencies and organizations support vulnerable populations in all parts of Canada including rural and remote communities. The following agencies and organizations are receiving funding in southern Saskatchewan:

Regina and Area

$ 10,000 – Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan (Regina Area)
To support one on one phone calls, virtual “coffee time” and video chats, and meaningful activity information and resources as regular programs have been put on hold due to COVID-19.

$ 65,000 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Regina and Area Inc.
To provide virtual supports, and recreational and developmental activities that strengthen the mental and social wellness of youth, as well as their educational engagement in Regina, Moose Jaw and Weyburn areas.

$ 25,000 – Cornwall Alternative School
To provide transportation for vulnerable youth and children – assisting counsellors to re-integrate students back into school after length of time due to COVID-19.

$ 49,572 – Eagle Heart Centre

  • To provide a food delivery service for vulnerable Indigenous families/children.
  • To provide virtual or in-person visits between children in care and family to support reunification plans with transportation of children.

$ 25,000 – Eden Care Communities (Regina Area)
To connect seniors to family and friends after no visiting for many months through outdoor visits that are safe and accessible.

$ 41,090 – Family Service Regina

  • To provided delivery of online group mental health education and support through a 6-week online group program targeted to teenagers offered up to three times over the next 9 month.
  • To create take home play and art therapy kits (tele-kits) for children and youth receiving clinical counselling services at Family Service Regina.
  • To develop and deliver online Domestic Violence Support Groups and psycho-educational group programs to reach people who are isolating and following restriction with social distancing.

$ 25,000 – File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (Fort Qu’Appelle)
To address safety and wellness measures for at-risk Indigenous women and youth affected by COVID-19. Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services will be providing support for this project.

$ 18,000 – Habitat for Humanity Regina Inc.
To provide income supports by offering reduced mortgage payments to current Habitat homeowners who are struggling under this pandemic.

$ 25,000 – John Howard Society of Saskatchewan (Regina Area)

  • To provide income supports by offering reduced mortgage payments to current Habitat homeowners who are struggling under this pandemic.
  • To increase staffing and programming capacity for Lulu’s Lodge, a 5-bedroom supportive transitional home for LGBTQ2S+ youth aged 16-21 facing homelessness in Regina during COVID-19.

$ 15,195 – Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan
To provide computer access to online programming, trauma healing support, emergency quarantine accommodation and information and navigation support to refugees in southern Saskatchewan.

$ 24,898 – Regina Catholic Family Services Society
To provide four 6-week psycho-educational programs for children struggling with anxiety and their parents.

$ 13,930 – Regina Public Library Board
To provide devices to allow seniors to virtually access library services and connect with family and friends to combat social isolation.

$25,000 – Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (Regina Area)
To deliver care packages to the homes of each of the 44 brain injury survivors supported in Regina.  These members are vulnerable and will be one of the last groups that will re-integrate into the community as Saskatchewan re-opens

$ 25,000 – SOFIA House Inc.

To provide desks and desktop computers to each of the 20 SOFIA House suites, so women and children can virtually attend Group Programming that has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

$ 18,000 – South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
To expand capacity to provide one-on-one employment counselling over the phone to persons with disabilities.

$ 25,000 – St. John Paul II Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Regina
To provide financial support of gift cards to pay for groceries, car seats, baby items, and medication, etc.  to eligible families, those with disabilities, single mothers, and others affected by COVID-19

$ 25,000 – Street Culture Project Inc.
To offer pandemic modified youth engagement and programming to provide life skills, employment, leisure and cultural connections.

$ 1,920 – The FASD Network of Saskatchewan (Regina Area)

To provide transportation to medical and legal appointments for individuals with FASD who do not have access to transportation and are unable to take public transit in Regina.

$ 15,000 – Whitmore Park Child Care Cooperative
To increase staff capacity needed to support the stricter guidelines required due to COVID-19. Opening up will help families return to work or studies or continue to work from home while their children are in a safe, high quality learning environment.  This will improve the mental of health of parents and children

$ 24,270 – Young Women’s Christian Association Regina

To address the additional needs of the YWCA due to COVID-19. To provide ability to social distance in the homeless shelter, provide outreach services, connections to support services, food security and income supports to woman and families experiencing violence. In addition, the project will ensure ability to open doors to people needing support services and access to donated items, showers, childcare, day camp programming, AA/NA meetings. Finally, as parents are returning to work, there is a need in our community for childcare and day camp programming.

Total Number of Projects Funded:            25     

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:    $496,875

Moose Jaw and Area

$ 20,000 ­- Canadian Mental Health Association – Moose Jaw Branch
To increase staffing and volunteer capacity to increase number served during COVID-19

$ 6,500 Eden Care Communities (Moose Jaw Area)
To provide the Simple Pleasures program for vulnerable seniors to improve mental health that has been affected by isolation due to COVID-19.

$ 20,000 – Iver Main Place Inc (Central Butte)
To provide vulnerable residents with access to green area not exposed to public, and materials and games to provide social, physical and mental stimuli during COVID-19.

$ 20,000 – John Howard Society of Saskatchewan
To increase JHSS’s Fine Option program capacity province-wide, reducing barriers created by the pandemic and connecting clients to volunteer opportunities through technology.

$ 20,000 – Moose Jaw and District Food Bank
To provide the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank with a new fridge and freezer to use in their new building being acquired to accommodate social distancing and continue to serve the vulnerable population during COVID-19.

$ 22,000 – Moose Jaw Family Services

  • To adapt the Young Parent Program to allow for social distancing
  • To allow for vulnerable community members to purchase healthy and nutritious food products.


$ 5,080 – YMCA of Regina (Moose Jaw area)
To provide respite care for families with children who have physical and intellectual disabilities.

Total Number of Projects Funded:              8  

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:    $113,580

Swift Current and Area

$ 15,000 – Canadian Mental Health Association – Swift Current Branch
To provide social recreation programming for a reduced number of participants at a time while ensuring that safety restrictions are followed to protect against COVID-19 transmission. Calls will be made focusing on wellness checks to assist with mental health and wellbeing.

$ 4,500 – Dr Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc.
To provide the Mental Health Unit of the Cypress Regional Hospital an additional medication cart to enhance delivery of medication due to influx of additional patients during COVID-19.

$ 20,000 – Family Resource Centre Swift Current Inc
To provide innovative methods of service delivery to effectively reduce isolation and minimize barriers and challenges in providing supports to isolated and vulnerable families affected by COVID-19.

$ 40,000 – Great Plains College 
To deliver Adult 10, GED and Adult 12 programming via a blended format that has a substantial distance delivery component to students in vulnerable sectors, including technology support in Swift Current and Maple Creek.

$ 20,000 – Herbert Group Home Inc. (Herbert)
To increase staff capacity to support the residents who are adults with intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

$ 14,500 – Saskatchewan Health Authority (Swift Current Area)
To provide residents of Long-Term Care who are isolated from friends and family and experiencing increasing loneliness, depression and anxiety, the opportunity to reduce these symptoms through all the benefits of biking outdoors in summer and indoors in winter.

$ 5,000 – Southwest Cultural Development Group Inc.
To provide the technology required to adapt the programming to develop regularly scheduled online video presentations of Lyric Theatre core performing arts programming giving creative outlet to youth and others isolated by COVID-19 restrictions.

$20,000 – Southwest Homes Inc.
To provide participants within the community and in group home/assisted living programs the ability to sustain basic needs and prevent risk of self-harm, decreased mental health challenges, suicide, increase self-worth, open and continued pathways to opportunity. 

$ 3,000 – West Bank Bible Camp
To provide an online virtual camp experience for children and youth who are not able to attend camp due to COVID-19.

Total Number of Projects Funded:         10         

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:    $142,000

Weyburn and Area

$ 20,000 – Canadian Mental Health Association – Weyburn Branch
To increase capacity to serve the public by providing mental health programs, activities and services with COVID restrictions, and safety protocols in place.

$ 18,930 – Envision Counselling and Support Centre Inc.
To provide focused counselling or referral support program responding to urgent, immediate needs for individuals 55+ struggling with loneliness, coping, anxiety, stress, fear, thoughts of suicide, or any other mental health issues during COVID-19.

$ 7,000 – Inclusion Weyburn
To meet the increased demand for respite services by families in the area with family members who have intellectual disabilities and have been affected by COVID-19. 

Total Number of Projects Funded:        3          

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:     $ 45,930

Yorkton/Melville and Area

$ 20,000 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yorkton and Area Inc.
To bring youth facing adversity together with volunteer Mentors in a group setting and one-to-one virtually and in small groups.

$ 20,000 – Boys & Girls Club of Yorkton
To provide children, youth and families with access to nutritious foods and hygiene items.

$ 20,000 – Ituna And District Regional Park
To support youth, adults and those with special needs access swimming and occupational therapies by increasing staff capacity, increasing sanitizing, and providing swim vouchers and additional specialized equipment.

$ 20,000 – Yorkton Transitional Homes for Youth, Inc.
To hire another part-time Outreach Coordinator to support youth who leave the Transitional Homes, as well as homeless youth between the ages of 18-30 in the City of Yorkton and surrounding First Nations as more individuals struggle with mental health and wellness while being isolated from others during this pandemic, along with food security concerns. 

$ 13,824 – Yorkton Tribal Council
To provide support and access to budgeting and financial concerns to improve financial wellness.

Total Number of Projects Funded:          5        

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:     $ 93,824

Other Communities in Southern Saskatchewan

$ 10,000 – Town of Moosomin Parks and Recreation
To provide families affected financially by COVID-19 to be able to access the facility by providing free swimming programs/lessons or free public swim programs and programming.

Total Number of Projects Funded:            1      

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:     $ 10,000

Southern Saskatchewan

$ 25,000 – The Kidney Foundation of Canada
The COVID-19 Patient Relief Fund will provide short-term, last resort funding to people affected by kidney disease for expenditures borne in relation to their condition.

Total Number of Projects Funded:            1      

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:     $ 25,000

Province of Saskatchewan

$ 55,000 – OUTSaskatoon
To provide mental health supports to 2SLGBTQ+ throughout Saskatchewan during COVID-19. OUTSaskatoon will be working jointly with UR Pride to provide services.

Total Number of Projects Funded:              1    

Total Amount of Funding for All Projects:     $ 55,000

About the Emergency Community Support Fund (ESCF)

The Emergency Community Support Fund (ESCF) is a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).  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 being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross in communities from coast to coast to coast. 

About United Way of Regina

For over 60 years, United Way Regina has been working to positively impact the lives of vulnerable children, youth, and their families in our community by identifying and addressing barriers. More recently, we have expanded our service area to provide support to the communities of Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Weyburn.  We are committed to working with local community partners and volunteers to create opportunities for a better life for everyone.

For more information contact:

United Way Regina

Robyn Edwards-Bentz, CEO
P: 306-751-4750  Ext. 754

For application specific inquiries contact: 

Kristin Gushuliak, Performance Measurement Advisor
P: 306-751-4750 Ext. 761

The Emergency Community Support Fund is funded by the Government of Canada through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

If you’re able, please give generously today.