Emergency Community Support Fund: Rounds 1 and 2

Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  in areas of Rural Nova Scotia impacted by COVID-19.

Round 1 of ECSF was distributed over the summer and Round 2 launched on October 5, 2020. With Round 2, we’ve invested an additional $235,700.00 through the ECSF towards local charities and other qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis. We are pleased to announce the ECSF has supported projects including:

  • $75,000.00 was invested to fund Literacy Nova Scotia to empower people with multiple barriers to employment by providing Essential Skills and full-time meaningful employment within the fishing sector on the Eastern Shore.
  • $30,000.00 was invested to fund the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative in Rural NS to support The Link Performing Arts Society & Culture Link CIC in the launch of Light House TV, a streaming service dedicated to Nova Scotia creators and their audiences worldwide.
  • $49,000.000 was invested to fund the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique to Keep the Music Playing. This funding will ensure local NS performers are employed at the centre from July to October; as well as focusing on the mentorship of youth musicians and performers.
  • $15,000.00 was invested to fund the Boys and Girls Club of Yarmouth with their Helping Hands project which will assist the children and youth they serve with the essential basic needs they cannot afford such as food and clothing.

2020 ECSFund Recipients, Rounds 1 and 2 (pdf)

“Canadian charities and non-profit organizations play a vital role in our communities and continue to do so in the face of real challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our government is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue to help the most vulnerable members of our communities during these difficult times.” – Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“The pandemic has put enormous strains on our charities and non-profits, and at a time when they have never been needed more. So many middle-class families across rural Nova Scotia rely on these organizations for childcare, educational programming, and so much more. We’re proud to support them and the central role they play in our rural communities.”
– Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margarets

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared over 9 months ago, community-based charities and nonprofit organizations have been working tirelessly to provide emergency support, in particular to individuals and communities experiencing heightened vulnerability.  

Charities, nonprofit organizations and First Nations governments are pillars of their communities who are working tirelessly to serve their communities.  We know the need for funding is still significant and we’re continuing to advocate for broader recovery and stabilization support for the charitable sector. 


Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCFofNS) has been making small grants to rural community organizations since 2004, in an accountable and transparent way. Its grant programs have supported local groups whose work is focused on youth, environment, leadership, seniors, and rural innovation in the province, including Mi’kmaq communities.

For more information, contact: Jean Ward, Chair, RCFofNS [email protected] 

ECSF is a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations and the Community Foundations of Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada.