United Way Simcoe Muskoka

Urgent Needs Fund

The Urgent Needs Fund is on hold until April 2023. DO NOT TAKE ANY INTAKES AT ALL

A discretionary fund available to provide individuals in Simcoe County who are experiencing or are at-risk of poverty, emergency financial assistance with modest one-time grants to address basic needs including:
  • food security (e.g. grocery gift card, baby food, etc.);
  • transportation (e.g. gas gift card, taxi voucher, bus ticket, medical transportation, etc.);
  • basic needs (e.g. clothing, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies, footwear, etc.) including delivery of items;
  • social integration (e.g. access to a cellphone or phone cards, computer rentals, etc.);
  • health and wellness (e.g. medication, emergency dental, eyeglasses, etc.);
  • housing start-up costs (e.g. furniture, kitchen supplies, bedding, mattress, etc.);
  • child care;
  • family supports (e.g. parenting courses, educational resources and supplies for children/youth);
  • personal Identification (e.g. birth certificate, health card, SIN, driver's license);
  • student assistance for elementary and high school students (books, supplies, registration / application fees); and/or,
  • mental health supports;
  • income tax filing costs;
  • utilities
Requests for assistance will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Individual must reside in Simcoe County, have exhausted all other funding options and have an annual household income that meets one of the following:

  • 1 person household with income of $28,000 or less
  • 2 person household with income of $39,000 or less
  • 3 - 4 person household with income of $48,000 or less
  • 5 or more person household with income of $52,000 or less

ID and proof of income is required
Application Process
Simcoe County residents call 2-1-1.
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Documents Required
ID and proof of income, ex. Driver licences, Photo health card, pay stubs or statement from other sources of income such as OW and ODSP, bank statements etc.
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Last Updated On
February 28, 2023
Hours of Operation
Mon-Sun 24 hours
Service Area(s)
  • Blue Mountains
  • Simcoe County