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Community services recovery fund

Community Services Recovery Fund


United Way Waterloo Region Communities (UWWRC) is proud to have worked with United Way Centraide Canada as part of the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. This fund is a collaboration between United Way Centraide Canada, Canadian Red Cross, and Community Foundations of Canada to provide funding to Community Service Organizations including non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies and Registered Charities located in Canada. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what Community Service Organizations need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.


The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million by the Government of Canada to help Community Service Organizations (charities, non-profits, Indigenous governing bodies) adapt, modernize and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility and sustainability of the community services that they provide through the pandemic recovery and beyond.

For more information, visit the Community Services Recovery Fund website.


Locally, we partnered with, Waterloo Region Community Foundation (WRCF) and the Red Cross to assist organizations across Waterloo Region. Each partner leads the distribution of funding in one of the three project focus areas:


  • Investing in Program and Service Innovation and Redesign (UWWRC)
  • Investing in Systems and Processes (WRCF)
  • Investing in People (Red Cross)


Together, UWWRC and WRCF have distributed over $3 Million to support 64 projects across Waterloo Region. There has been additional local funding announced through the Canadian Red Cross.




Here is a list of local organizations that received support through the CSRF in 2023


  • A Better Tent City Waterloo Region
  • ACCKWA (The AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area)
  • Adventure4Change
  • African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo Region
  • Anishnabeg Outreach Employment and Training Inc.
  • AONation
  • Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region
  • Bridges to Belonging
  • Cambridge Cultural Association
  • Cambridge Food Bank
  • Cambridge Shelter Corporation
  • Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
  • Cambridge Vineyard Christian Fellowship
  • Cambridge Rowing Club
  • Canadian Aweil Youth Association
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington
  • Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program
  • Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region
  • Camino Wellbeing + Mental Health formerly Carizon Family and Community Services (Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region)
  • Coalition of Muslim Women of KW
  • Community Care Concepts of Woolwich, Wellesley & Wilmot Townships
  • Community Support Connections
  • Epilepsy South Central Ontario
  • Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region
  • Family and Children’s Services Foundation
  • Freedom in Christ Pentecostal Assembly
  • Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre
  • Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region Inc.
  • Hope for Community Development
  • Hospice of Waterloo Region
  • Interfaith Community Counselling Centre
  • Islamic Centre of Cambridge
  • John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington
  • Kitchener Rangers Community Fund
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
  • Lincoln-Road Chinese Training Association
  • Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice
  • Marillac Place
  • MennoHomes Inc.
  • MINT Memory Clinic
  • Multicultural Theatre Space (MT Space)
  • Muslim Social Services Waterloo Region
  • Neruda Arts
  • Nutrition for Learning
  • Porchlight Counselling and Addiction Services
  • Rare Charitable Research Reserve
  • Reception House Waterloo Region
  • Sanguen Health Centre
  • SHORE Centre
  • Smart Waterloo Region Innovation Lab
  • Somali Canadian Association of Waterloo Region
  • Stephen Lutheran Church and Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Sunbeam Community & Developmental Services
  • The Healing of the Seven Generations
  • The Working Centre
  • Thresholds Homes and Supports
  • Unwrap Theatre
  • Volunteer Waterloo Region
  • Waterloo Region Family Network
  • Wilmot Family Resource Centre
  • Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
  • Woolwich Community Health Centre
  • YW Kitchener-Waterloo

 For more information or questions, please reach out to us!

Amanda Melnick

Senior Director, Impact and Stewardship

519-888-6100 x 210

Partnering locally with Waterloo Region Community Foundation