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Grants to Nova Scotia Nonprofits to Benefit Residents in Eligible Regions

Municipality of Cumberland County Grant Program

Municipality of Cumberland County


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #151691

Grant Description

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Grants to Nova Scotia nonprofit and faith-based organizations in eligible regions to benefit local residents. Funding is intended to support activities serving the community in areas including, but not limited to, education and lifelong learning; community economic development and tourism heritage, culture, and creative arts; recreation, health, and healthy living; social and community service; and stewardship of the environment. Activities must serve residents of the Municipality of Cumberland County.

Three grant programs are available through the Municipality of Cumberland:

  • Local Grants 
  • Regional Grants The Regional Grants Program supports community activities in four categories: Capital construction, renovations, and major repairs; Operation and maintenance; Programs; Special events and initiatives – e.g. one-time projects, planning, training, marketing & promotion.
  • Annual Funding In some situations an annual funding program may be considered for special case and large initiatives.  If you have a project you feel might fall into this extraordinary funding program, please contact the Clerks Office.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply and must be incorporated (normally with the NS Registry of Joint Stocks https://beta.novascotia.ca/programs-and-services/registry-joint-stock-companies, 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 and businesses are unable to apply for grants.

In the case of capital construction, renovation, or major repair projects, applicants must own or have a long‐term lease to the property or other acceptable form of written agreement with the land owner.

Applicants are not eligible if they have failed to provide the required report and accounting for funds granted in previous years.

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: Deadline 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: Apply anytime – earlier is better as funding is dependent on budget

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Local grants support projects and are categorized by district. Council has approved $10,000 for each District and the Mayor ($90,000 total). These grants are intended to support projects below $3,000.
- Regional Grants: Applicants may apply for up to 30% of the total budget for a program to a maximum of $5000. T

Contact Information:

Local Grants: To apply, use the form below and submit to your District Councillor https://cumberlandcounty.ns.ca/councillors.html or the Mayor https://cumberlandcounty.ns.ca/mayor.html. Your Councillor or Mayor will check to ensure the form is complete and will deliver it to the CAO’s Office, along with their recommendation.

Regional Grants: To submit your application and for inquiries please contact the Clerks Office at:
Mail: Municipality of Cumberland
Upper Nappan Service Centre
1395 Blair Lake Road
Upper Nappan, Nova Scotia, B4H 3Y4
Attention: Shelley Hoeg-Eaton
Email: clerk@cumberlandcounty.ns.ca
Phone: 902-297-3989

Annual Funding:
If you have a project you feel might fall into this extraordinary funding program, please contact the Clerks Office at:
Mail: Municipality of Cumberland
Upper Nappan Service Centre
1395 Blair Lake Road
Upper Nappan, Nova Scotia, B4H 3Y4
Attention: Shelley Hoeg-Eaton
Email: clerk@cumberlandcounty.ns.ca
Phone: 902-297-3989

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