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Rural Vitality Grants Program

Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia, in collaboration with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, is pleased to announce that we will be awarding small grants to selected rural community organizations for projects about the future of rural Nova Scotia.

The Rural Vitality Grant Program provides the opportunity to match, dollar-for-dollar, any contribution from the municipalities and bands, with a matching amount from the Community Foundation of Canada’s Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. It is important to note that all funded activities must all be completed within the 2017 calendar year.

We are inviting municipalities and bands to initiate the grant making process, because they have such a central role to play in building sustainable communities. By making a donation of $1,500 to RCF, earmarked for a project of an eligible local community group, a municipal government could leverage a total of $8,000 in cash and in-kind contributions for the project.

Online applications will be accepted between March 1st 2017 & April 1st 2017.

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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.

In the past, we have offered various granting programs.


The Rural Leadership Initiative Grant Program

The Rural Leadership Initiative Grant program has to date, provided $113,921 in funds for projects which:

  • Seek to improve understanding of issues facing rural communities in Nova Scotia
  • Offer Solutions to problems and challenges of rural Nova Scotia
  • Create an environment that enhances and sustains rural Nova Scotia


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.