Funding for Emergency Services & Safety

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Department - Organization: FireSmart Canada
Description: Please share with your local fire departments or other applicable groups. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national campaign that encourages citizens to take actions that increase their home, neighbourhood and community’s resilience to wildfire. Groups can apply for a $500 award to fund their Prep Day events.
Deadline: January 31st, 2024

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Grant Program

Department - Organization: Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia/ with support from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Description: The goal of this program is to increase the number of AEDs installed in sports and recreation facilities in Nova Scotia. Through this grant program owners or managing partners of sport and recreation facilities can be eligible to receive up to 1/2 the total cost of the purchase of an AED or replacement batteries or pads for AEDs purchased through the program to a maximum of $1,500.00 (taxes Included).
Deadline: February 15th (Annually)

Disaster Financial Assistance

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Emergency Management Office)
Description: The Disaster Financial Assistance program can help municipalities get back on their feet after a major storm or natural disaster. This program helps with losses that aren’t covered by insurance. This can include structural damage and damage to uninsurable items. The amount of financial assistance is determined based on the circumstances, but Disaster Financial Assistance can cover damage up to $200,000.
Deadline: Continuous intake, based on the date of the disaster.

Currently Closed Funding, Next Intake TBD:

Emergency Services Provider Fund

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: The Emergency Services Provider Fund offers financial help to fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations, including hazardous materials (HAZMAT) organizations. The funding is for equipment that’s used directly in response to a fire or emergency. The Emergency Services Provider Fund may fund up to 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000.
Example(s): Eligible costs include: personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), communications equipment, miscellaneous fire fighting equipment, rescue equipment, water supply and suppression equipment, HAZMAT equipment, emergency power for building.
Deadline: Organizations can only receive funding once every 3 years. Previously June 2023, new date TBD.

Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program (FRIIP)

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: To reduce flooding in vulnerable communities. The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program promotes investment in infrastructure needed to protect communities from flooding. Municipalities can apply for funding from the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program to support studies needed to understand flooding or the construction of infrastructure to protect against floods.
Example(s): River training, floodwater containment, studies on mapping and flood impacts.
Deadline: Previously June 2023, new date TBD.

Community Resilience Fund

Department - Organization: Public Safety Canada
Description: The Community Resilience Fund provides financial support to organizations working to improve Canada's understanding and capacity to prevent and counter violent extremism. The fund supports research, programming, and evaluation. Networking, including network and coalition building (e.g., conferences, workshops and seminars).
Example(s): British Columbia Government Office of Crime Reduction: The Shift program is a civilian-led program delivered in partnership with municipal governments, community stakeholders, and law enforcement to prevent radicalization to violence in the province, by engaging vulnerable individuals and developing intervention strategies tailored to the person. The project aims to help establish and support multi-agency hubs in British Columbia that connect at-risk individuals with local counselling, social services, or other tools in keeping with key disengagement strategies for those who may be at risk of adopting violent ideologies.
Deadline: Currently closed. The next open call for applications is TBD.

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

Lucy MacLeod

Lucy MacLeod,
Fund Navigator