Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia
Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCF) is an emerging charitable foundation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from across the province. Take a look at what's happening and how we're making an impact in rural communities.
Youth Leading Environmental Change is a program that engages youth throughout the Annapolis River watershed in environmental education, stewardship actions and leadership development training. Youth have the opportunity to learn how landscape features and functions impact human and environmental health, as well as community well being. Participants reinforce their understanding of these concepts and apply[…]
Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association received a 2015 RCF Leadership Grant to host Spark the Change, a weekend retreat for rural high school students from 14 schools across Nova Scotia. The goal of this project was to engage youth in workshops, leadership training, and interactive sessions around relationship violence, healthy communities,[…]
This was a project of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia which ended with a forum held at Mount Saint Vincent University on June 17th – 19th, 2015. The purpose of the event three-fold: To foster networking across Nova Scotia of people living with HIV, HCV, and other STBBIs, CBO staff, board members, volunteers, community[…]
Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation received a 2014 RCF Rural Leadership Grant to start a Trailblazers program for junior high students at Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg. Trailblazers is a free, all-outdoors after school program that aims to get kids physically active and connecting to the natural world. The program leaders report many benefits for[…]
Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp received a 2014 Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia Rural Leadership Grant to create Le Quartier Culturel. The goal of the project was to bring the arts, school and community together in one building, and to start turning innovative ideas and programs into concrete actions. “Le Conseil des arts[…]
The Kitchen Table Green Economics group has been meeting throughout the summer of 2014 to explore ideas about the green economy and how the local economy of Antigonish could be “greened”. We’re not “experts”, just citizens who are concerned about the community and want to explore how the local economy could be more resilient and[…]
The Guys Groupe project engages young men within their school and community. It began at École Secondaire de Clare, a French High School, in 2012 and because of the program’s success one of the participants requested another location where it should be offered. In 2014 they received a RCF grant to fund the program’s advancements.[…]
The funds granted to Glace Bay Citizens Service League were put towards developmental assets – building on the work of Citizen Service League (CSL) and the Asset Developmental committee. Through telephone interviews with representatives of Glace Bay CSL the asset headquarters developed a Volunteer Resource Centre. Volunteerism promotes and enhances skills, abilities, and unique attributes[…]
Chester Municipal Heritage Society was awarded a grant of $5000 to be used for the Musical Friends project. Throughout the duration of the project, there were 36 workshops. Participants performed in a community choir, produced a music video and learned important leadership skills. The Musical Friends Project developed leadership and skills in the performing arts,[…]
For the last decade the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia has supported community-based initiatives that improve understanding of issues facing the province’s rural and coastal communities, and offer solutions to some of the challenges these communities face. The organization has invested in projects that support and sustain rural communities throughout the province. It has[…]
When Hope Harrison left her family farm to live in the senior citizens home in River Hebert, one of the things she missed was working in the family’s garden plot. This summer, the 83-year-old resident of Highland Villa was one of those who oversaw the planning, design and planting of the River Hebert community garden.[…]
In the Spring of 2011, 50 grade nine students from Cole Harbour High and Auburn Drive High feeder schools spent three days exploring each other’s communities, learning what it’s like to go to high school, and making new friends. This video documents their experience. Here’s a quote from one of the students interviewed in the[…]
The Hope for Wildlife Society is located in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. Their facilities include an extensive wildlife rehabilitation centre, an education and visitor centre, and a hospital that is dedicated to the care of native injured and orphaned wildlife. In the Summer of 2011, the Society offered educational programs which were funded in part by[…]
Antigonish County Adult Learning Association: Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation Elders Activity Program – 2011
Sheila Bernard recognized the need for the elders of her community of Paqtnkek to have opportunities for social interaction and recreation. With a 2010 Rural Leadership Initiative Grant, Sheila created an elders program that was culturally specific, and included activities and events that integrated Mi’kmaw culture, traditions and language. During the program, 32 elders aged[…]
Photo of Guysborough courtesy Derek Hendsbee Fred and Mary Worsh have chosen the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia to administer a legacy scholarship fund that the couple has directed to some day help deserving students in Guysborough and Antigonish counties. The fund will be established to help students enrolled in four-year, post-secondary academic programs.[…]
Autumn is usually harvest time in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley but for organizers of a Family Matters’ forum at Camp Brigadoon in Aylesford, September 2012 was a time to plant seeds from which they hope to grow cultural change. The forum was funded with the support of a Rural Community Foundation leadership initiative grant. The[…]
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre is offering a unique opportunity to assist young people develop leadership skills through theatre work. The Youth Leadership Program in 2010 combines real work in the theatre company with a focus on developing leadership skills. “Involvement in the arts is one of the best pathways to develop leadership skills.[…]
Elementary school children in Sherbrooke will learn about the great outdoors this winter in a unique afterschool program sponsored by the St. Mary’s River Association and the Recreation Department of the Municipality. The program combines outdoor education, physical activity and leadership skill development. The Trailblazer project intends to teach basic outdoor skills like fishing and[…]
Sheri McBride, Executive Assistant of the Digby Area Learning Association shares the successes and challenges of Project Earl (Educating Adults for Rural Leadership). There are 3 components to this project: group mentorship, skill building and inspirational workshops, and portfolio development and runs from February 2, 2009 until June 15, 2009. This project is one of[…]
Two representatives spoke to the AGM attendees via You Tube about their Seniors-Youth Volunteer Time Banking for Community Development Project as implemented by the Bay St. Lawrence Community Centre in Cape Breton. The reps were Amy Mackinnon, Co-ordinator Bay St. Lawrence Community Center and Rob MacDonald, Co-chair of the Board of Directors of North Highlands[…]
Brennan Caverhill from the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institution talked about the student-run leadership conference and network retreat that is funded under the RCF’s Rural Leadership Initiative. Click here to view the Powerpoint Presentation
The Lunenburg Queens Volunteer Partnership (LQVP) is using social media to increase awareness about volunteerism and community leadership with young people in the two counties. LQVP will produce a 10 minute promotional video featuring local youth leaders and volunteers talking about their experiences. The video will be featured on their website, Facebook and YouTube. The[…]
The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCF) is all about supporting community organizations in rural Nova Scotia. We do this through grantmaking, convening and capacity-building. Of these three functions, grantmaking is the by far the most important. Basically, our job is to get resources into the hands of the most dynamic and innovative grassroots organizations in rural Nova Scotia.
Our work is based on the belief that many of the solutions to the challenges facing rural Nova Scotia lie within those communities, where local groups are developing innovative approaches and creating new pathways to the future they want.
Lately, we have been focusing our grantmaking efforts on specific areas of rural development, including youth, seniors, woodlot owners, non-profit organizations and citizen engagement. For each of these grant programs, we take a collaborative approach to grantmaking, partnering with a provincial umbrella group that knows the issues and participants in that particular field.
We believe that this kind of collaboration is the key to rural Nova Scotia’s future. With philanthropic organizations, community groups, private sector, Indigenous communities and all levels of government working together to support community-based solutions, we begin to see the potential for real collective impact across the province.
Whether you are a prospective grantee, donor, volunteer or partner, we invite you to join us in this exciting work.
Chair, Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia