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Invisible Champion Awards

Awards to Nova Scotia Individuals and Nonprofits to
Recognize Outstanding Commitment to their Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Way Halifax, Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia

Deadline Date:

09/17/20 5:00 PM Atlantic Time


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Awards to Nova Scotia individuals and nonprofit organizations to recognize outstanding commitment to their communities. Individuals will receive most of the awards, and inclusiveness and diversity will be key selection criteria. Award recipients must use their award for professional and personal development that will enable them to continue their important work. This year’s awards will recognize both outstanding year-round efforts in the community as well as responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Invisible Champion Awards recognize the extraordinary people and nonprofit organizations making a difference in the community. United Way Halifax is proud to celebrate the unsung heroes in the nonprofit sector working tirelessly to create possibility and make change in Nova Scotia.

These awards are to be used by the recipients to better equip them to do their important work. The awards are designed to recognize creativity, diversity, inclusivity, dedication, team building, leadership, community partnership, and sector sustainability. These are the qualities demonstrated by the sector’s invisible champions — both individuals and organizations — during one of the most challenging and critical years for the nonprofit sector (including challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic). For information on assessment criteria, see the Nomination Guide:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192329

Number of Grants:

In total, 20 recipients will be awarded $1,000 each.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations are open to individuals and nonprofit organizations across Nova Scotia.

Eligible individuals:
- Are paid or volunteer front-line staff of a nonprofit who connect personally with the people they serve.
- Are permanent, contract, or volunteer front-line staff working on a regular basis at a nonprofit organization based in Nova Scotia.
- Must have worked at the nonprofit organization for one year and must still be working there at the time of nomination.
- No self-nominations or nominations of family members are accepted.

Eligible organizations:
- Are nonprofit organizations based in Nova Scotia, which include registered charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organizations.
- May be partnerships, with the nomination shared among multiple nonprofits or eligible individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations are accepted until Thursday September 17 at 5:00 pm (Atlantic Time).

Award recipients are invited to celebrate on October 14, 2020. In addition to a monetary award, recipients will receive a plaque of recognition.

Contact Information:

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

Submit nominations by filling out the online form:

If you would prefer to provide your nomination over the phone or by other means please contact Karen Gilmore at

When you complete your nomination, please submit a photo of your nominee with their name in the subject line to Kate Powe at Photos of recipients will be used during the awards ceremony.

United Way Halifax
46 Portland Street, 7th Floor
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1H4
Tel: (902) 422-1501

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Nova Scotia;

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