Community ACCESS-Ability Program

PURPOSE: To provide equal opportunity and improved access to community facilities for persons with disabilities. Cost-shared grants to community groups for accessibility related capital improvements.

AMOUNT: Grants cover up to two-thirds of the direct and indirect costs of renovations, installations, and/or equipment to a maximum of $10,000. The sponsoring organization must raise at least one-third of the funding from other sources.

DEADLINE: Applications are currently being accepted for this year. Projects must be complete by the end of the fiscal year, March 31st, 2019.


Building Vibrant Communities Grant

PURPOSE: To offer communities an opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience to: alleviate the impacts of poverty; prevent the cycle of poverty; build capacity in their local communities to address their own poverty-related priorities; and collaborate with other community partners.

AMOUNT: Seed monies up to $50,000 per project

DEADLINE: End of July

APPLICATION: Contact Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, 902-424-4506, Visit:

Communities, Culture & Heritage - General Requests

PURPOSE: To support professional arts and culture organizations that develop and sustain Nova Scotia's cultural community. The types of organizations that receive assistance include: those that produce cultural product, own or manage cultural facilities, provide service to the cultural sector or produce a cultural festival or event. These organizations are fundamental to the vitality of cultural life in Nova Scotia either as primary producers, enablers or developers of cultural activity.


DEADLINE: February 15th

APPLICATION: Contact Culture & Heritage Development Division staff before submitting a proposal. Susan Jeffries Development Officer, 902-424-2873, Visit:

Culture Innovation Fund

PURPOSE: To invest in initiatives and projects carried out by organizations, partnerships, and collaborations working to use creativity and our diverse culture to address social issues and opportunities within communities. The fund also supports initiatives intended to strengthen the role of museums and libraries.


DEADLINE: Applications open April 1st.

APPLICATION: Contact Culture & Heritage Development Division staff before submitting a proposal. Susan Jeffries Development Officer, 902-424-2873, Visit:

Age-Friendly Communities Grant

PURPOSE: To support community projects that lead to more age-friendly communities. These innovative projects (could be collaborative) develop and/or implement programs, services, resources or events that support active, healthy living; help older adults stay connected to community life; maximize the economic and social contributions of older adults; and increase social interaction and community involvement among older adults.

AMOUNT: Up to $10,000

DEADLINE: September 1st. (If there are remaining funds, then again by February 1st.)

APPLICATION: Complete the downloadable application online. Submit with supporting documents via email to: or mail to: Age-friendly Communities Program, Department of Seniors, Barrington Tower, 15th Floor, 1894 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS B3J 2A8 Visit:


Investing in our Future - A variety of funding programs, grants and awards are available for individuals and organizations in Nova Scotia. They are an important part of sustaining and growing our culture and heritage sectors. By investing in innovation, creativity and arts, these programs help industries succeed, create jobs, support artists and enhance our communities.

Categories include:

  • Creative Industries Funding
  • Major Event Hosting
  • Strategic Funding Initiative program
  • Community Transportation Action Plan
  • Let’s Get Moving Nova Scotia
  • Festival and Community Event Development
  • Sport and Recreation Funding Programs
  • Trail Funding Programs
  • Community Funding and Awards
  • Culture Funding and Awards
  • Heritage Funding