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New: Community Services Recovery Fund



The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support Community Service Organizations as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for COVID-19 pandemic recovery. Now more than ever, Community Service Organizations are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all communities. The purpose of the Community Services Recovery Fund is to strengthen the internal capacity of Community Service Organizations facing immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key Things to Know:
  1. Applications open as of January 6; deadline for submissions is February 21, 2023, at 5:00 PM PT.

  2. Program info / how to apply webinar session: January 12 @ 2pm EST (11am PST). Register here.

  3. Funding amounts available will depend on funding stream. Organizations applying to the local stream can apply for funding from $10,000 to $200,000 and organizations applying to the National/Provincial/Territorial can apply for funding from $20,000 to $500,000.

  4. Community Service Organizations are defined as: non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies or Registered Charities located in Canada that provide services to communities within Canada. .

  5. Eligible projects funded will work within one of the three Project Focus Areas. Projects should be designed to strengthen the internal capacity of CSOs:

  • Investing in People: Funding will support one-time projects that focus on how organizations recruit, retain, engage and support their personnel, including staff, volunteers and boards of directors.

  • Investing in Systems and Processes: Funding will support one-time projects that invest in the systems and processes involved in creating the internal workings of an organization’s overall structure.

  • Investing in Program and Service Innovation and Redesign: Funding will support one-time projects primarily focused on program and service innovation and redesign using information gained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples of projects in the Investing in People Project Focus Area (may include):
  • Human and volunteer resource structures and policies

  • Recruitment and retention strategies for staff, volunteers, and/or board members

  • Mental health supports for staff, volunteers, and/or board members

  • Supports and training for staff, volunteers, and/or board members

  • Diversity equity and inclusion initiatives

  • Other activities to help your staff, volunteers, and/or boards modernize or adapt

Examples of projects in the Investing in Systems and Processes Project Focus Area (may include):
  • Investment in contact management systems

  • Implementation of a new communications plan

  • Enhancement of a new accounting system

  • Development, implementation, or adaptation of a new fundraising strategy

  • A governance review through the lens of organizational resilience

  • Exploring a merger or amalgamation amongst one or more CSO

  • Development or adaptation of a data/privacy strategy or plan

  • Other activities to help your organization and systems modernize or adapt

Examples of projects in the Investing in Program and Service Innovation and Redesign Project Focus Area (may include):
  • Exploring the adaptation of a program, service, or service delivery system using information gained during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Testing or piloting a program, service or service delivery system that was redesigned or adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Purchasing equipment or other program materials to facilitate the adaptation of a program and/or service using information gained during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Evaluating or analyzing the adaptation or redesign of a program, service, or service delivery system that was implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Other activities to help your organization modernize or adapt its programs and services

Ineligible activities include but are not limited to:
  • Direct service delivery

  • Major capital projects

  • Purchase of land and buildings

  • Partisan, political or election-related activities

  • Publication of books or research

  • Projects and activities that generate a profit

  • Direct fundraising activities or events

  • Projects that benefit only private interests

  • Projects that promote a for-profit entity or its products and services

  • Activities that undermine, restrict, or infringe on human rights legally protected in Canada Sub-granting projects/activities

  • Sponsorship, endowment funds, and donations

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced, affected, or shaped the operations of the CSO.

  • The proposed project is viable, meaning it can be implemented in the available time and with the available funding, and the organization has the capacity to provide oversight of the project.

  • The proposed project will help the CSO adapt, modernize, or build resilience following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The applicant uses an equity lens in its work.

Additional consideration will be given to distribute the available funding equitably, for example, across types of organizations, populations served, sub-sectors, project focus area, and geographic areas.


Applicant Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to Apply Questionnaire

Decision Tree Infographic

Community Services Recovery Fund Information Webinar


Note: I am signed up for the January 12th info session & will update this post with any new/pertinent information, post-session. Stay tuned for more!

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