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Grants to Nova Scotia Nonprofits, Churches, and Religious
Organizations to Benefit Local Communities in Eligible Regions

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Municipality of Cumberland County

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03/31/21 - For requests above $3,000 only; requests below $3,000 are accepted on an ongoing basis.


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Grants to Nova Scotia nonprofit organizations, churches, and religious organizations for activities to benefit residents in eligible regions. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to recreation, health and healthy living, social opportunities and community service, stewardship of the environment, education and life-long learning, community economic development and tourism, heritage, and culture and creative arts. Activities must serve residents of the Municipality of Cumberland County.

The Grants program supports community activities in four categories:

  • Capital construction, renovations, and major repairs: This category refers to projects which involve construction of a new indoor or outdoor community facility, or renovations or major repairs to an existing one.
  • Operation and maintenance: This category refers to applications for assistance with the costs of operating and maintaining indoor or outdoor community facilities which provide services and benefits to residents of Cumberland County.
  • Programs: The purpose of this funding is to assist organizations with the costs of providing ongoing programs or services for the benefit of the community.
  • Special events and initiatives – e.g. one-time projects, planning, training, marketing, and promotion: Funding in this category may be used to offset costs associated with hosting an annual special event or festival. It may also apply to new or one-time programs or events, or special initiatives that an organization may undertake from time to time such as (but not limited to) the development of a master plan, engineering or design work for a facility or trail, marketing and promotion, or hosting an event, conference or training workshop.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151691

Estimated Size of Grant:

Capital Construction, Renovations, and Major Repairs: Eligible applicants may apply for up to 50% of the total cost of the project.

Operation & Maintenance: Applicants may apply for 20% of total annual operating costs of the facility (excludes programs) to a maximum of $3,000 per year.

Programs: Applicants may apply for up to 30% of the total budget for a program to a maximum of $5,000.

Special events and initiatives: Applicants may apply for up to 30% of the total budget for a program to a maximum of $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply and must be incorporated (normally under the Societies Act, but alternative incorporation status will be considered). For requests of less than $3,000, unincorporated organizations may work under the umbrella of an incorporated organization; in this case, the incorporated organization must be the applicant. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Capital construction, renovations and major repairs projects require proof of property ownership (normally a deed), or long-term lease or written agreement.

Churches and religious organizations are eligible to apply for assistance with facilities, projects, and programs which are readily available to the community at large. Projects relating to the sanctuary and programs relating to the religious activities of the church are not eligible

Pre-Application Information:

Requests above $3,000:
- The normal deadline for applications for funding in excess of $3,000 is March 31st. In exceptional circumstances, an application for funding in excess of $3,000 may be accepted after March 31st if the project could not reasonably have been anticipated prior to the deadline (e.g. emergency repairs).

Requests below $3,000:
- Grant requests for less than $3,000 do not have a deadline, and may be taken to council throughout the year, although they are still dependent on what remains in the budget. Apply anytime – earlier is better as funding is dependent on budget.

All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well before March 31st so that staff can provide feedback and so that the grant, if approved, can be included in the Municipality’s annual budget. Applications received after the annual budget is approved may be turned down due to lack of funds.

Special Events & Initiatives: Persons involved with or planning a program, project or event that may qualify under this category, are encouraged to contact Municipal staff or their local Councillor before the planning is complete.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Municipality to discuss their application prior to submitting it. Staff will be pleased to explain this funding program and make suggestions to support the application

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit your application and for inquiries please contact the Community Development and Grants Program Administrative Assistant at:

Mail: Municipality of Cumberland
Upper Nappan Service Centre
1395 Blair Lake Road
Upper Nappan, NS B4H 3Y4
Attention: Melanie Prendergast


Phone: 902-667-2470

Grant Coverage Areas:

Municipality of Cumberland County

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