Community Sparks Grant Program

Community Sparks Grants are small grants for youth led, climate change related projects throughout Nova Scotia.
The grants are designed to support innovative, community-based action and to give young people the means to make a meaningful difference in their region on their own terms.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for this grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The grantee(s) must be between 13 and 25, be a resident of Nova Scotia and the lead contact should have some direct connection to the rural community[1] in which the project takes place.
  • Grantees should be associated with a sponsoring organization which can receive the funds[2]. The sponsor organization must be a qualified donee, that is an organization that is able to issue an “official donation receipt” for Canadian Income Tax purposes. For questions about or assistance with this requirement, please call Susan Hirshberg at 902-225-0036.
  • We strongly encourage grantees to raise matching resources valued at 25% of their budget from within the community where the project is to take place. These matches can be in the form of money, materials, professional services, or volunteer support. While it is not required to have the match fully in hand before the project starts, we will want to see a plan for doing so.
  • Grantees should be available for a training workshop to be held at Windhorse Farm on November 30, 2019.

[1] This excludes the urban areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality (urban Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford) and Sydney.

[2] The sponsoring organization has the responsibility for ensuring the project takes place and will be accountable for the grant received from RCF.

Grants Available: Except in specific unusual circumstances, maximum grants are $2000. Projects should be completed by December 1, 2020.

Application Deadline: Noon, November 1, 2019

Application         Program Guidelines