DCF Emergency Funds

for Mental Health and Well-Being

The mandate of the Dufferin Community Foundation is to support the vital work of charities that serve our most vulnerable. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have listened – and learned from those whose work is so vital to a resilient, sustainable Dufferin County.

We’ve reached out to our local charities over the past year – not just to distribute over $160,000 in grants from our own funds and the federal Emergency Community Support Fund, but also to understand what’s going on behind the scenes. Further, we reviewed some research in respected medical journals, such as Lancet, and in local surveys of community needs to confirm the insights. Here’s what we learned:

  • Sustained uncertainty – about global virus variants, about vaccine timetables and about provincial lockdowns – is damaging to every demographic in our community.
  • The greatest community concerns – social isolation, food insecurity, housing and homelessness, substance abuse and addiction – bear with them a mental health and well-being emergency. And, it is growing!
  • Non-profits are worried about a sense of isolation that is rising within their client groups and among even the most resilient residents of Dufferin.
  • For some of the charities trying to cope with these issues, the expanding size of the problem, staff burnout, and fundraising shortfalls pose threats to their own survival. 

In response to what we have learned, and to address the emergency need , the Board of Directors of the Dufferin Community Foundation has authorized the release of another $30,000 to support mental health and well-being in Dufferin.

Our community foundation can accept applications only from registered charities and qualified donees.

For this set of emergency grants, we will review applications from those organizations who offer programs and services to address mental health and well-being vulnerabilities in Dufferin County. Successful applicants will demonstrate that a newly planned or a modified existing program will address the issues growing out of the COVID-19 emergency.

The following criteria will be used to select the successful grant recipients:

  1. Completion of a two-part application, where Part 1 is a qualifying questionnaire and Part 2 is the specific program or project description.
  2. Eligibility as a registered charity or qualified donee
  3. Grant request from $5000 to $10,000, independent of funding by other agencies or donors
  4. Best practices in program management – including identified leader/champion, key objectives, workplan, budget, effectiveness measurement
  5. Consistency of the program with DCF values – smart leverage of staff and volunteers, collaboration with other community partners where appropriate, and legacy elements such as the extension of program benefits to family and community.




Instructions: Download the Part 1 questionaire, print, complete, scan and send to info@dufferincommunityfoundation.ca