On November 22, 2022, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, announced that Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada have been selected to distribute $400 million in funding to select charities and non-profits through the Community Services Recovery Fund.

The Community Services Recovery Fund will “enable charities and non-profits to invest in their own organizational capacity to:

  • adapt the way they deliver services to support the needs of their staff and volunteers;
  • buy equipment such as computers and software;
  • create new ways of working, such as developing new fundraising approaches;
  • provide support for staff and volunteers, such as staff training, supports for mental health and wellbeing; 
  • and develop plans to receive funding from diverse sources.”

Funding Expected to be Available for Not-for-Profit Co-operatives

Presently, CMC expects that not-for-profit co-operatives will be eligible to seek funding under the established criteria. Ahead of applications opening in January 2023, interested organizations can learn more at two webinars hosted by the funders:

December 6, 2022: Information Webinar

January 12, 2023: How-to-Apply Webinar

For additional support navigating the process or determining your potential eligibility, please contact Diamond Isinger, Advocacy Director at CMC at disinger@canada.coop 

About Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) is an association, focused on its members, that unites, engages and leads the co-operative movement by advancing its priorities nationally, as well as internationally, through International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). Our goals are to build bridges, break barriers and create durable opportunities for the co-operative sector in Canada.