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Diversity and Community Capacity Fund

Grants to Nova Scotia Nonprofits and First
Nations to Promote Diversity and Social Equity

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Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) and Support4Culture

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Nova Scotia nonprofit organizations and Mi’kmaw bands for activities that promote social equity and diversity. Funding will also support capacity building for organizations representing marginalized groups. This program recognizes that involvement by the province’s diverse population in community and cultural activities positively impacts the social, educational, economic, and spiritual life of welcoming communities.

Program Description:

The Diversity and Community Capacity Fund invests in diversity promotion and social equity activities as well as the capacity-building efforts of organizations that represent traditionally marginalized groups.

Program Goals
-Build the capacity of organizations that represent traditionally marginalized groups;
-Support diversity promotion and social equity activities; and
-Integrate diversity and social equity perspectives and programming within community-based organizations.

Application Assessment:

Applications will be reviewed based on their ability to demonstrate how the proposed activity will support the one or more of the goals of the Diversity and Community Capacity Fund program, which are as follows:
-Increase access to and participation in programs and services that support diversity and social equity;
-Increase education, awareness and appreciation of traditionally marginalized groups in Nova Scotia and of the diversity of Nova Scotia communities; and
-Increase capacity within organizations that represent traditionally marginalized groups.

AND, on the following factors:
-Sharing and Collaboration: project includes inter-cultural collaboration and sharing of viewpoints, identity, and/or cultural dialogue
-Quality: application clearly describes project, including a proposed work plan
-Goals: are clear, realistic and achievable
-Costs: complete and reasonable budget for expected results. Sources of financial support are confirmed

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182399

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding will not exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Eligible activities cannot start before the date the application is received and must have defined start and finish dates. Activities must start prior to March 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are:
-Registered nonprofit society/cooperative in good standing OR
-Federally incorporated nonprofit organization OR
-Nova Scotian Mi’kmaw bands

Additionally, the applicant:
-Operates primarily for community benefit; and
-Provides programs and/or promotion that serve a broader community impact

Please Note: The program is intended to assist special or one-time projects. The program is not intended to provide on-going operational support. However, activities which enhance or add to on-going or core programs or events are eligible for support.

-Fundraising events, capital building/development and major equipment purchases
-Activities which have been funded through other Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage programs
-Projects in which the main objective is employment
-Applications from individuals

Pre-Application Information:

Funding request can not exceed 75% of eligible costs. Combined provincial government contributions cannot exceed 75% of eligible costs. Combined public sector (municipal, provincial and federal governments) contributions cannot exceed 90%

Applicants must contribute a minimum of 25% towards eligible project costs. This includes a minimum of 10% cash from the project applicant. In-kind support can be used only when there is a demonstrated value of the service that relates directly to the project.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Program and Development Officer to discuss their proposed activity and the application requirements in advance of the deadlines and before completing/submitting an application.

There are five (5) calls for applications: April 15, June 15, August 15, October 15, and December 15.

Applicants will be informed of funding decisions by letter, typically within forty-five (45) days after the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Meghan Hallett
P: (902) 424-4179
F: (902) 424-0710

Send completed application form to:
Diversity and Community Capacity Fund Communities Nova Scotia
c/o Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage

In person/courier:
1741 Brunswick Street, 3rd Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 2R5

By regular mail:
PO BOX 456
Halifax, NS B3J 2R5


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Canada: Nova Scotia