CFNS taking part in the Community Services Recovery Fund – a $400M investment in charities and non-profits. Application portal now open!

Now more than ever, charities and non-profits are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all Canadians. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.

The national funders for the initiative – Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada – are working together to deliver the Community Service Recovery Fund under three project focus areas:

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.

In Nova Scotia, the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia is working in partnership with Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia and Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation to distribute funding for the Investing in Systems and Processes project focus area. This 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.

Examples of projects focused on Systems and Processes 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 with one or more community service organizations
  • Development or adaptation of a data/privacy strategy or plan
  • Other activities to help your systems and processes modernize or adapt

Key Dates

February 21, 2023
Application deadline

May 1, 2023
Funded projects begin

June 30, 2024
Funded projects end

HOW TO APPLY


Given there are 3 project focus areas, each with both national/provincial and local reach, follow this Decision Tree to access the right application for you. If your project touches on all 3 focus areas – people, systems/processes and program/service innovation & design – apply to the area where most of your work/budget is focused. Read the Applicant Guide and watch the “How to Apply” webinar recording for more information (links below).

Questions?

Nova Scotia
1 (902) 490-9916


Visit communityservicesrecoveryfund.ca to find out more about how to apply/access the application, explore resources and more. 


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