On May 19, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes launched a call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). 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 funded by the Government of Canada and is being administered in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.


Today, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is pleased to share an update on the recipients of this funding. Over the past month, United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has received numerous applications for community programs and services that support vulnerable community members. To date, 17 organizations have been approved for a total of $217,625.


City of Kawartha Lakes


  • Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, $20,000 for the Community Dental Clinic
  • A Place Called Home, $20,000 for the Emergency Homeless Shelter
  • Canadian Mental Health Association $10,000 for Mental Health Case Management
  • Special Olympics Ontario – Kawartha Lakes, $10,000 for Mental Health & Wellness
  • John Howard Society City of Kawartha Lakes, $20,000 for the Community Intervention Program (round 1 of funding)
  • Five Counties Children’s Centre $10,450, for the Help at Home Program (round 1 of funding)
  • Boys and Girls Club for the City of Kawartha Lakes, $18,000, for Summer Camp programs (round 1 of funding)


Haliburton County


  • Rotary Club of Haliburton, $5,000 for Basic Needs Bags
  • Kawartha North Family Health Team, $18,450 for “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World”
  • Central Food Network, $10,000 for Heat Bank Haliburton County
  • Point in Time, $20,000, Haliburton County Youth Hub (round 1 of funding)
  • Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation, $19,925, Mental Health Services and Virtual Supports (round 1 of funding)
  • SIRCH $15,000, Community Kitchen (round 1 of funding)




  • Easter Seals Ontario, $7,600 Equipment Funding Program
  • Kawartha Haliburton Victim Services, $10,000 for Hotel/Motel Emergency Voucher Program
  • Junior Achievement of Peterborough Lakeland Muskoka, $16,500 for digital programming
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton $8,500, Group Virtual Programs (round 1 of funding)


United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is proud to support the important investment of $281,682.00 into our local communities, applications for funding closed on July 20, 2020, some are still under evaluation.


“The impact of this investment is threefold;” writes Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of UWCKL. “Organizations in our area will be able to help people, especially citizens at risk, with some supports more rapidly; assist in connecting people to agencies that will help them now and going forward; and lastly help strengthen the capacity of our community by working collaboratively.”


“The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult for vulnerable Canadians who are relying on the services of community organizations now, more than ever before. The Government of Canada is pleased to support a wide range of charities and non-profit organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund to ensure no-one is left behind,” says the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Families, Children and Social Development.