Solicited call - National Funders for the Community Services Recovery Fund

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Application period

This solicited call for proposals is open from January 24, 2022 to February 22, 2022 at 3 pm Eastern standard time (EST).


Only specific organizations can apply


This one-time fund is to help charities and not-for-profits adapt and modernize.

There is more information on the Community Services Recovery Fund (CSRF) program page.


We will select National Funders to distribute the CSRF to eligible charities and not-for-profit Community Service Organizations across Canada. This program will strengthen the sector as it supports Canadian communities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The total CSRF is $397,540,000. Eligible organizations may only apply for funds that they have the capacity to deliver.

The amount each eligible project receives will depend on the number of projects selected and scope of activities.

The successful projects will end by March 31, 2023.


This call is not for Community Service Organizations seeking CSRF funding. Community Service Organizations seeking funding can apply through the National Funders' web pages once successful projects are in place.

Organizations solicited for this funding

Organizations solicited for this funding must have recent and significant experience in the following areas:

Note: Organizations must have experience delivering programs and services that target:

  • similar target groups as the proposed project, and
  • similar objectives as this call for proposals

Recent experience: Anytime within the past 5 years

Significant experience: For at least 2 years

You can find details of these terms in the glossary.

The organizations who meet these criteria and are invited to apply under this funding are:

  • Community Foundations of Canada
  • United Way Centraide Canada
  • The Canadian Red Cross Society


This is a solicited call for proposals. It is open only to specific organizations. If you believe that your organization meets all experience and eligibility criteria and wish to apply, contact us. If we determine that you meet these criteria, we will invite you to apply.

Eligible organizations may only submit 1 application for funding under this call.

Eligible applicants

Organizations eligible for this funding process have the expertise as outlined above and are:

  • registered charities
  • incorporated not-for-profits (must have a Canada Revenue Agency business registration number or proof of incorporation or registration)
  • located in Canada
  • in good financial standing with the Department, and
  • have been operating for at least 10 years

Contact us

If you have questions, or would like the department to review your organization's eligibility for this process, please email us at before February 15, 2022 at 10 am Eastern standard time.

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Application and assessment processes

Have existing capacity to:

  • assess community needs to inform funding decisions at the local level, and
  • demonstrate knowledge of equity-deserving communities at the local level
  • show how the project will use that capacity to inform decision-making

Broad reach

Can deliver grant funding to a broad range of charities and not-for-profits across Canada.


Experience working with other funders and networks to ensure broad sector coverage. This avoids funding overlap.

Community relationships

Have current relationships with equity-deserving communities across Canada and can access key networks and build partnerships within Canada to:

  • advertise the Fund
  • assess community-level needs
  • inform funding decisions

Community Service Organizations

Not-for-profit or charitable organizations located in Canada, and who provide services to communities in Canada.

Equity-deserving communities

Individuals or groups that face challenges in the equal access, opportunities and resources to participate within the larger Canadian community. Examples for this call may include:

  • women
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Black Canadians and other racialized communities
  • official language minority communities
  • people with disabilities
  • LGBTQ2+
  • other equity deserving groups

Funding capacity

Can quickly deliver application processes that are:

  • large-scale
  • accessible, and
  • open, transparent and impartial

Funding structures

Can use existing grant structures to deliver a large-scale, rapid-response funding program.


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National Funder

Organizations chosen to distribute the CSRF to eligible charities and not-for-profit Community Service Organizations across Canada.


Organizations who invest in the completion and the success of the project. Those who provide expertise and support can contribute either financially or non-financially.

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