COVID-19 Relief Resources
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Last updated: May 31, 2020
Personal Financial Support
Writers' Trust of Canada
Relief funds available to published/self-published authors who have lost or will lost $1,500+ in income due to COVID-19. Round closes May 6.
This emergency survival fund supports LGBTQ2S artists, performers, and tip-based workers, as well as helps keep to Glad Day Book Shop open.
Mutual aid fund for Black folks in the GTA who, as a result of the pandemic, have lost income and are at a loss for how to fill their revenue sources, who now have unforeseen childcare costs, folks who have to find the money for children’s food now that schools are closed, artists, freelancers, and gig gig economy workers who have lost out on gigs, seniors and elders in our communities, disabled folks, folks who are facing daily challenges of capitalism and are living on or near the street.
CAMRF seeks to provide support for low-income artists and musicians whose livelihoods are being affected by the pandemic. Their goal is to disburse $200 to each applicant – still in fundraising stage.
Toronto Arts Council
To assist Toronto artists in dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council are introducing the TOArtist COVID Response Fund. The Fund will allocate up to $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently suspended.
Omer Riza / S&R Tax
Resources and information compiled by DMG accountant Omer Riza.
The Toronto Trans Solidarity Network (TTSN) is a community fund and mutual aid network with the goal of providing some emergency help to trans folks in Toronto, so we can get through the next weeks and months of the COVID-19 crisis.
A community-made visual guide to applying for the CERB.
Funding Body Information
Toronto Arts Council
Ontario Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
Food Security Resources
this group is erecting, stocking and inspiring others to build their own designated, raised wooden boxes to house non-perishable food items for members of the community struggling with food security right now.
Takeout dinners on Tuesday evenings at 5:30; food bank open on Wednesdays
Directory of vendors and farmers in the GTA making deliveries to residences or depots. Many offer online ordering.
Daily Bread Food Bank
Due to COVID19, a number of food banks are closed. Use this program locator to find your closest bank.
Free takeaway meals 7 days a week on The 519 patio in front of FABARNAK Café: Monday to Friday: 1pm and 4pm and Saturday and Sunday: 12:30pm.
The Food Bank and takeaway meals are available at 1884 Davenport. The Food Bank will run Mondays and Fridays, 12pm-3pm and The Drop-in will serve takeaway meals on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9am-10am for breakfast, 12pm-1pm for lunch.
Dames Making Games
Dames Making Games is working to support community members in the GTA who are impacted by food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis with donations of meals with the support of our friends at Santo Pecado Mexican Catering and members’ generous donations.
Grants and Funding Opportunities
National Research Council Canada
Twelve-week wage subsidy for small companies who are ineligible for funding under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Companies must be pursuing “technology-driven innovation.”
$1,000 grants for new small businesses or individuals with an idea for a new business (Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia)
Canada Council for the Arts / CBC
Grants up to $5k to either adapt their existing work or create a new work for digital dissemination to the Canadian public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Broken Pencil Magazine
Broken Pencil is offering eight $400 grants for zine creators whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic.
The unprecedented new CBC Creative Relief Fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling. Note: Games/interactive projects will not be funded through this program.
Health and Social Support
Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network and Maggie's Toronto
Downloadable guide to protective measures, hygiene, alternative arrangements and additional resources.
Downloadable resource library in multiple languages on understanding trauma, grounding techniques, consent, sexual violence, grief and coping.
A weekly phone call or email by a 519 staff member who will chat with you and check in on how you are doing, find out what services and programs you need and provide support, information and referrals to you. This is *not *a counseling or crisis line.
A free suite of tools to help you manage chronic pain and flare-ups during the global health crisis.
Reading & General Info
Science hasn’t yet revealed all the answers to what makes a good reusable mask. Here’s what we know, and what to do.
Black Youth Project
Freebies and Discounts
Toronto Public Library
Torontonians who don’t have a Toronto Public Library card can now access OverDrive, our largest collection of ebooks and audiobooks, with the new Instant Digital Card. This temporary card is available to people age 13 and older with a Toronto cell phone that can receive texts. New customers can enjoy this access until September 1, 2020.