Apply for a Grant

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.

These granting programs have been offered in the past:
All these granting programs are currently closed.

  
  
  

  

Pilot Fund for Gender Equality

Do you have a project idea to advance gender equality in rural Nova Scotia?

The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCF) has been approved a maximum allocation of $25,000 for grantmaking to community projects as part of its participation in the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality. RCF will approve grants valued between $5,000 and $25,000.

Eligible applicants can apply through the online portal from December 2, 2019 until January 3, 2020. Information is available in the Applicant Guide. Additional inquiries can be directed to [email protected].

The Pilot Fund for Gender Equality is supported by a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada. Le Fonds pilote pour l’égalité des genres est soutenu par une collaboration entre Fondations communautaires du Canada et le Fonds Égalité, avec l’appui du gouvernement du Canada.
  
 
 
  
  
  

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.