Accessibility Tools

Beautification and Streetscaping Program

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: Funding to develop beautiful areas that encourage economic development and attract tourists to your municipality. You need to use the funding to beautify, improve or maintain property that the municipality owns or leases. Or the funding needs to be used to pay grants to an organization for beautifying a business district. The program may fund up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $25,000. The applicant or other sources need to fund the remaining balance of the project.
Example(s): Signage, beautification fixtures like baskets, banners, benches, bike racks, waste receptacles, planters and flowers, planting shrubs and trees, lighting, building façades, kiosks and other amenities directed at a tourism audience, beautification and streetscaping plans, contracted labour (non-staff), professional services.
Deadline: June 13, 2024.
Contact: bspinfo@novascotia.ca

Municipal Innovation Program 

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: MIP supports innovative approaches to regional municipal services, improvements to municipal capacities, and promotion of effective intermunicipal relations to support regional economic development, regional planning, and intermunicipal collaboration. This program is for joint applications requiring at least 2 municipalities.
Deadline: June 13, 2024.
Contact: mip.info@novascotia.ca

Emerging Destinations Program

Department - Organization: Tourism Nova Scotia
Description: Helps communities identify and position their most compelling tourism assets, such as attractions, experiences, food and drink, events, and accommodations, to increase awareness with potential travellers. Program activities will focus on one season (preferably fall or winter, but will also consider late-summer) and implement short-term actions to help build awareness of their community in 2024-25
Example(s): 
  • Coaching using tools and resources to identify and position their most compelling tourism products and develop a tourism action plan;
  • Exploring opportunities to maximize or extend a tourism season;
  • Target market research insights for regional travellers;
  • A travel media/influencer visit to generate new photos and digital content to increase the profile of seasonal tourism products
Deadline: May 8st, 4:00 PM, 2024

Contact: Erin Hume, Tourism Development Advisor, erin.hume@novascotia.ca, 902-717-4831

Nova Scotia Mineral Resources Development Fund Communities Grant

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Natural Resources and Renewables
Description: Grants are available for projects intended to support communities as they interact with the mining industry. Activities should be intended to support the mineral resource industry in Nova Scotia. Applications and proposals for marketing grants are accepted throughout the fiscal year starting April 1st each year. Maximum of $25,000.
Deadline: Open April 1st Annually.

Community Capacity Fund

Department - Organization: Atlantic Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Description: To help with planning and assessment of an opportunity (i.e., study-type projects). This fund is not found online, it is accessible through speaking with your regional manager at ACOA.
Deadline: Continuous intake

Innovative Communities Fund

Department - Organization: Atlantic Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Description: The fund is for economic development projects and initiatives that lead to long-term employment and a stronger local economy. The fund enables communities to: develop thriving industry sectors, strengthen infrastructure in rural areas, invest in projects to help communities overcome economic issues and take advantage of new opportunities.
Example(s): Projects with links to tourism, for example, waterfront development capital projects. Events that bring in a national or international audience. Expansion of municipal services can be eligible if it is linked to economic development in the private sector.
Deadline: Continuous intake

Mitacs Municipal Support

Department - Organization: Mitacs
Description: Mitacs connects municipalities of all sizes with post-secondary researchers for innovative projects ensuring Canadians develop the best public policies to create vibrant and healthy communities. Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers research internships, placing highly educated graduate students and postdocs into the public and private sectors. Bringing a qualified intern on board, whether it’s a college student, a university student, a grad or a postdoc, is a smart strategy, allowing you to tap into their knowledge and know-how while keeping your budget in check. It’s also a great way to boost your organization’s productivity and create a valuable work opportunity for students who are passionate about the challenges you face.
  • Non-repayable funding from $6,000 to multi-million.
  • A custom-built research and innovation team to roadmap your project.
  • Scalable, multidisciplinary projects in all areas.
  • Academic/research team to give you the specialized knowledge and skills that you need.
  • Works with you to resolve the major challenges that Canadian municipalities face
Deadline: Continuous intake
Contact: Form on the webpage

Currently Closed, Next intake TBD:

Digital Content Marketing Program

Department - Organization: Tourism Nova Scotia
Description: The program provides tourism businesses and organizations with the opportunity to co-invest with Tourism Nova Scotia (TNS) to create engaging photos and videos) or deliver custom digital advertising campaigns to promote their products and/or services in key markets. TNS matches all partner investments with a minimum of $7,500 plus a 15% media buying fee ($8,625 total investment) for digital marketing and a minimum of $10,000 for content creation. Partners include tourism businesses, tourism organizations, accommodations, campgrounds, parks, communities, and regional destination marketing organizations.
Deadline: Closed December 15 at 4:00 p.m.
Contact: sarah.hennebury@novascotia.ca

Sustainable Development Goals Program

Department - Organization: Employment and Social Development Canada 
Description: In September 2015, Canada and 192 other UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is a 15-year global framework centred on an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This includes areas applicable to municipalities, such as sustainable cities and communities, decent work and economic growth, clean water and sanitation,
There are two streams to the funding program, 1) Grants, and 2) Contributions. The Grants stream of this Call for Proposals will fund projects that increase public awareness, and share best practices or lessons learned that support and enhance Canada’s progress on the 2030 Agenda, particularly within equity-deserving groups and groups or individuals in vulnerable situations. Up to $200,000 for a project that is up to 24 months (maximum $100,000 per fiscal year). The Contributions stream of this Call for Proposals will fund projects that aim to localize SDGs in communities. Funded projects will adapt, employ, and monitor the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the local level and will measure and report on the SDGs.  Up to $900,000 for a project that is up to 36 months (maximum $300,000 per fiscal year)
Example: By the Governors of Saint-Francis Xavier University: This project addresses the barriers to affordable housing in Nova Scotia. It leads a grassroots community consultation using the SDGs as a blueprint to frame the discussions. It addresses the factors that influence the housing needs of people living in low-incomes and marginalized populations. 
Deadline:  Closed January 22, 2024

Festival and Community Event Development

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage
Description: The objectives of the program are to improve the sustainability and event-hosting capacity of unique community events and to support home-grown events that promote or strengthen the unique character of the community. Up to $10,000. Applicants can apply for one festival or event per fiscal year.
Example(s): Supports major events being hosted in Nova Scotia that align with the Nova Scotia Events Strategy. Major sporting and cultural events are a major focus of the fund, as well as homegrown events like the DEVOUR Food Film Festival.
Deadline: Closed February 28th, 2024.
Contact: Stephen MacDougall, Senior Events Advisor, stephen.macdougall@novascotia.ca

Innoweave

Department - Organization: Innoweave/ McConnell Family Foundation
Description: Innoweave helps organizations implement social innovation with personalized coaching. Innoweave teaches the organization to implement these changes itself, taking a coaching method rather than a consultation approach. They offer funding three times a year through a competitive process, funding 2/3 of organizations (up to $10,000). With a large network of experienced coaches, they guide areas like policy engagement, scaling impact, developmental evaluation, and impact measurement. To better understand the program, please watch the “Introduction to Innoweave” video.
Deadline: Closed April 26th, 2024.

Community Economic Development Fund (Formerly Invest Nova Scotia Fund)

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Economic Development
Description: Helps communities become more competitive by funding projects that have a broad impact on a sector or region. The fund considers projects that promote cooperation and partnerships. Municipalities or RENs can apply. Capital projects are eligible, such as waterfront development. Water and wastewater projects are not eligible.
Example(s): Lighthouse Arts Center, Halifax Convention Center.
Deadline: Closed April 30th, 2024. The fund is open for applications 3 times per year. Next intake in August.
Contact: cedfund@novascotia.ca
Information session(s): There is an information session on April 18th at 10:00 am.  Please register here.

Tourism Digital Assistance Program

Department - Organization: Tourism Nova Scotia
Description: The program helps effectively promote local communities as a travel destination, attract visitors and encourage spending. The program will cover up to $15,000 in services and online tools to municipalities, chambers of commerce and community tourism organizations to address their digital needs. 
Example(s): Website Design & Development, Data Analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Marketing (strategy, advertising development and testing), Social Media (strategy, content planning etc.), Copywriting, Audio & Podcast Services, Branding & Design, Ecommerce, Online Booking, Photography & Videography (up to $2,500).
Deadline: May 1st, 4:00 PM
 

If you can't find a grant that suits your municipality's needs, please reach out. Similarly, if your municipality is applying to any of the listed opportunities, I am readily available to provide assistance throughout the application process.

Lucy MacLeod

Lucy MacLeod,
Fund Navigator
lmacleod@nsfm.ca