"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." - Anthropologist Margaret Mead

This conviction led a small group of community leaders to establish the Morden Area Foundation in 1993, for they recognized that one of the best ways to enrich a community was through the creation of a permanent endowment fund.


Today, we are launching the second round of the #ECSFund in the Morden Area Foundation region alongside @CommFdnsCanada. This funding aims to support organizations serving groups who are disproportionately impacted by #COVID19. We know the need for this kind of support is significant. To learn more, read the following and click on the links of interest.

Our experience over the last six months has shown us that COVID-19 does not impact all Canadians equally. Rather, it is those already struggling or on the margins who are bearing the brunt of this health crisis most profoundly. Through the Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund, first launched last May, the Canadian Red CrossCommunity Foundations of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada have been proud to play a role in supporting more than 7000 community projects helping those who need it most. Now, as Canadians prepare for a second wave, we are renewing our efforts.

Starting October 5th, the final installment of the $350 million Fund will be released by the federal government so that we can continue to flow support to charities and non-profit organizations serving our most vulnerable. We commend the Government of Canada’s continued support to community organizations and look forward to extending our work from Round 1 to further assist organizations on the front lines in their missions. Alongside public health workers, charities and non-profit organizations have been providing essential services since the pandemic was first declared. This emergency support for their work is vital, as is longer-term support so they can be around to help see our communities through the recovery from COVID-19.

“Charities and non-profit organizations are at the heart of our communities, helping the most vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Government of Canada is pleased to support these organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund so that they can continue their invaluable work.”


Quick Facts about Round 2: Emergency Community Support Fund  

  • Application portals will be open from October 5 – 30, 2020.
  • Community Foundations of Canada, and community foundations across Canada, will support : 
    • Granting programs for registered charities and qualified donees. More information on how to apply will be available on the Community Foundations of Canada website starting October 5th. 
  • United Way Centraide Canada, through its local United Way and Centraide members, will support:
    • Granting programs for registered charities and qualified donees. Some local United Way Centraides may also work with non-profit organizations to deliver local services. More information on how to apply will be available on the United Way Centraide Canada website starting October 5th.
  • The Canadian Red Cross Emergency Support for Community Organizations will be delivered through two main programs:
    • Granting Program for Non-Profits
    • Free personal protective equipment (PPE) and training on preventing disease transmission for non-profits, registered charities, and qualified donees
    • More information on the programs through Canadian Red Cross, can be found starting October 5th on redcross.ca/communityorganizations or by calling 1-866-221-2232
Clare Agnew

Clare Agnew 2019 Citizen of Distinction



Executive Director Lynda Lambert

Phone: (204) 822-5614


379 Stephen Street, PO Box 50049, Morden, MB R6M 1V1