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Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund

If you are a non-profit organization or a registered charity that supports Veterans and their families, the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund (VOESF) may help your organization maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A one-time-only call for applications will run from 10 to 22 November 2020.

About this program

Non-profit and charitable Veterans organizations are experiencing a critical loss of charitable and fundraising revenues as a direct result of COVID-19, and are at risk of not being able to maintain their operations. Veterans organizations play a critical role in the lives and well-being of Veterans and their families, as well as the communities in which they are located. They support homeless and disabled Veterans and play a crucial role in helping the Department fulfill its mandate.

The Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund provides grants to non-profit and registered charitable organizations that support Veterans and their families. The grants will help organizations with operational costs and financial shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If your organization is facing significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for funding.


Do you qualify?

To qualify, applicants must be:

  • A Non-Profit Organization or a Registered Charity;
  • Facing financial hardship or imminent closure related to COVID-19;
  • An organization whose closure would represent an important loss of local or national service capacity for Veterans and/or their families; and
  • Unable to make use of existing federal support measures to address their COVID-19-related challenges.

How to apply

Apply online

The call for applications for the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund closed on November 22.

NOTES:

If you are part of The Royal Canadian Legion and/or representing a Legion branch, you should contact the RCL Dominion Command for more information at 1-888-556-6222.

If you are part of ANAVETS and/or representing a provincial command or part of a Unit, you should contact the Dominion Command for more information at 1-613-744-0222 or ANAVETS@STORM.CA.


Frequently asked questions

What is the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund?

The Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund will help address some of the core funding shortfalls of Veterans organizations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund has been created to ensure Veterans organizations remain viable during COVID-19 by covering a portion of their operating costs. These organizations play a critical role in the lives and well-being of Veterans and their families, as well as the communities in which they are located, including supporting homeless and disabled Veterans.

As provided for in BILL C-4, An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19, this temporary source of funds has been created to support Veterans organizations whose usual source of revenue and fundraising is not available at this time.


Is this a benefit Veterans can apply for?

Only if you are representing and applying on behalf of a non-profit and registered charitable organization. Individuals are not eligible for this fund.


Who can apply for funding from the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund?

Veterans organizations that qualify as a non-profit or a registered charity can apply for the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund.


How much funding is available under the VOESF?

In total, $20M will be available for distribution.


When will successful recipients receive their money?

All grants issued through the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund will be issued by 31 December 2020 by direct deposit. In order to expedite the payment process, please submit a direct deposit form along with your completed application. The direct deposit form provided will be used strictly for issuing the Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund.


How will this fund help Veterans and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The pandemic has impacted Veterans, their families and the organizations that support them. By accessing these funds, Veterans organizations can re-focus on supporting Veterans and their families rather than concentrating efforts on ensuring sufficient funding for the organization. Ultimately, this is a way for us to quickly support Veterans organizations that need it.


How will you choose which organizations receive funding? What are the criteria?

When making its funding decisions, Veterans Affairs Canada will consider the total amount of funding requested by all applicants and will seek to distribute the funds in an equitable manner that assists as many eligible organizations – who reach as many Veterans/families across Canada – as possible.

The criteria for determining the amount of funding will be based on resource availability, the organization's size, impact, and annual operating expenditures, as well as the demonstrated need. The assessment criteria will include:

  • Organizational Scope and Impact - geographical coverage;
  • Organizational Scope and Impact - number of Veterans served;
  • Degree of financial shortfall and need due to COVID-19.

What kinds of expenses are covered under the fund?

Funds may be provided to cover expenses, including but not limited to:

  • wages and benefits;
  • professional fees;
  • travel and accommodations;
  • insurance;
  • utilities;
  • rent/mortgage payment of facility;
  • materials and supplies;
  • printing and communication; and
  • administration costs

Successful recipients will need to expend the funds received by 31 December 2021.


I have a question about my application. Who should I contact?

Contact us at vac.voesf-fuaov.acc@canada.ca.

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