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Community Grants Program

Grants to Nova Scotia Nonprofits to
Benefit the Community in Eligible Locations

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Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)

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Grants to Nova Scotia nonprofit organizations to benefit the community in eligible locations. Project areas include arts, environment, safety, housing, history, emergency assistance, diversity and inclusion, and recreation and leisure. Eligible applicants are located within the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The program is primarily developmental with a focus on support to volunteer-led initiatives and organizational capacity-building.

There are two types of grant:

  1. Project grant: Projects that are modest in scale and/or expense and enhance an existing program or service, or the development of a new program or service. Examples include the purchase of specialized equipment, web site development, or marketing. The evaluation process looks for a public benefit, an inability to self-fund (incremental impact of grant) and the applicant’s ability to maintain the program or service (sustainability).
  2. Capital grant: Large-scale property-related projects or expensive/specialized equipment (the individual item costs over $5,000). Preference may be given to remediate a safety issue, to meet building code, by-law or licensing requirements, or for environmental remediation (for example, a replacement well or septic system). The evaluation process looks at the public benefit, an applicant’s ability to cost-share (cash, reserve or investments, loan, any increase in earned revenue resulting from a property acquisition or capital improvement) and how the expenditure(s) improves program or service delivery.

For Eligible Expenses, see pages 9 and 11 of the Community Grants Program 2020-2021 Guidebook in Supporting Documents below. For information on Funding Categories, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 180267

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There are two types of grants:
- A project grant of up to $5,000
- A capital grant of up to $25,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Grants Program awards project-specific cash grants to registered non-profit organizations and charities located within the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Applicants must be a registered non-profit organization or charity:
- A society incorporated under the Societies Act (1989);
- A non-profit association incorporated under the Co-operative Associations Act (1989);
- A non-profit incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (2009);
- A non-profit incorporated under an Act of the Nova Scotia Legislature; or
- A charity registered under the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The following organizations are ineligible for a grant under the Community Grants Program.
- Public and private schools or colleges; post-secondary institutions; a government agency, board or commission.
- Organizations located outside the geographic boundary of the municipality.
- Commerce, business, industry, or sole proprietorships.
- Grants are not awarded to individuals or unregistered groups.

Pre-Application Information:

Due to the current circumstances surrounding the precautions to address the Covid-19 Virus, Halifax Regional Municipality’s 2020 Community Grants Program will be extending the application deadline to May 15, 2020.

Given the circumstances applications will be accepted by e-mail and a fillable PDF application is now available.

Contact Information:

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

Applications may be sent via email to:

Applications may be mailed to:
Community Grants Program
HRM Finance & Asset Management
PO Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3A5

For general inquiries or assistance with completing an application please contact the Grants & Contributions office at 902.490.7310 or email:

Staff contacts:
Peta-Jane Temple - Team Lead, Grants and Contributions
902.490.5469 office

Peter Greechan - Community Developer, Grants and Contributions
902.490.7310 office

Christine MacLean - Program Technician, Grants and Contributions
902.490.7191 office

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Halifax Regional Municipality

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Nova Scotia

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