Is My Organization Eligible to Apply?
To be eligible for funding from the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia:
- The applicant organization must be registered as a charitable organization under the Canada Customs and Revenue Act
- The program/service for which funding is sought must include a goal of enhancing leadership within rural communities
Organizations not registered as a charitable organization may choose to partner with a sponsoring organization having registered charitable status, or with a municipality. In those instances, the sponsoring organization will have responsibility for ensuring the approved project takes place, and will be accountable for the grant received from the Foundation. Find more information here.
“Rural communities” excludes the urban areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality (Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford) and Sydney.
A volunteer granting committee evaluates applications in accordance with the specific criteria outlined in the granting program’s guidelines. While every application is reviewed carefully, not all are recommended for funding. The successful applicants are approved by the full RCF Board of Directors upon the recommendations of the committee.
The Rural Leadership Initiative Grant Program
Seek to improve understanding of issues facing rural and coastal communities in Nova Scotia
Offer solutions to problems and challenges of rural and coastal Nova Scotia
Create an environment that enhances and sustains rural and coastal Nova Scotia
Cost sharing dollars are not required. We will fund the full project costs to a maximum of $5000
In-kind should be noted to demonstrate support within the organization and by project partners. This does not need to be in great detail.
Applications will be accepted on October 1 until noon on October 30, 2015. Successful applicants are notified by email by the end of November with approval letters and cheques mailed by the end of December. The projects are completed within 6 months to 1 year. A committee member will contact the recipient for an evaluation interview at project completion.
We have left the interpretation of the projects open. We have found in the past that the proponent knows their community best and can come up with made-in-rural solutions for unique challenges and opportunities in their own community. Feel free to review the list of projects we have funded in the past, however, we are open to new ideas.
Municipalities are qualified donees and therefore eligible for grants.
The Rural Innovation Program
This program has been completed and is now closed.
The Rural Innovation Grant Program provided $425,090 in funds which allowed rural Nova Scotians to develop new and innovative solutions to local and regional concerns. It was made possible by an investment by the province of Nova Scotia to help rural communities become more resilient and sustainable.