2021 Grant Recipients

CUA Awards $100,000 in Community Grants

From Bridgetown to Sydney, 19 organizations are receiving funding to support their projects and growth.

Halifax, NS. – CUA has announced funding for 19  projects, organizations and small businesses aiming to make a positive impact in communities across Nova Scotia. A total of $100,000 is being distributed across five categories: Community, Small Business, Health & Wellness, Sustainability, and New Business.

“I’m thrilled with the response to this year’s Program,” said Marie Mullally, President & CEO of CUA. “The work being done by this year’s applicants cannot be understated. The commitment to impact communities was clear in this year’s record number of applications—more than 650 from across the Province. We look forward to staying connected to the recipients and sharing more about their work throughout the year.”

Now in its seventh year, CUA’s Community Investment Grant Program has helped almost 70 organizations throughout Nova Scotia. Applications for funding increased by 33% from 2020, with submissions from hundreds of deserving projects, businesses, and organizations across the Province.

This year’s grant recipients were selected by CUA’s Member Advisory Council. Earlier today, recipients gathered for a virtual celebration hosted by CUA to recognize and discuss the impact the funding will have on their work, organization, and community.

The 2021 Community Investment Grant Program recipients are:

Small Business:
Bailly Cosmetics Inc. - $10,000
Shivani’s Kitchen - $10,000
Tuckamore Homestead Inc. - $7,500
Chain Yard Cider Inc. - $7,500
Zoe’s Ferments - $5,000

Sustainability
Button Brook Farm - $10,000
Greenii Inc. - $8,500
Solar Schools Canada - $1,500

Health & Wellness:
South Shore Sexual Health Centre - $5,000
Fortress Senior Citizens Club - $5,000
Glooscap First Nation Health and Healing Centre - $3,000
Southend Community Centre - $2,000
 
Community
Halifax Transition House Association – Bryony House - $5,000
ElevateHER Mental Health Support Services Canada - $5,000
YWCA Halifax - $3,500
Second Story Women’s Centre - $1,500

New Business
Truro Brewing Company - $5,000
Cashew Brothers Foods - $3,000
Axe to Grind Foods - $2,000

 
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About CUA:

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CUA is a full-service banking institution serving 20,000 members with flexible products, personalized service and quick decisions. CUA has eight branches spanning Tantallon to Cole Harbour, as well as a Wealth Management Services Division, Commercial Banking Centre and a dedicated Customer Contact Centre. To learn more, visit cua.com
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2021 CUA COMMUNITY INVESTMENT GRANT PROGRAM RECIPIENTS

Small Business

Bailly Cosmetics Inc. – a $10,000 grant will enable an “Asthma & Allergy Friendly Certification” for their new line providing a safe, healthy alternative to perfume for those suffering from asthma and allergies.

Shivani’s Kitchen – a $10,000 grant will be used to purchase a blast freezer to increase capacity to expand production and the potential for export.

Chain Yard Cider Inc. – a $7,500 grant will result in the purchase of a NS-manufactured “fizz whizz” carbonation system and canning equipment for improved on-site production in their North End Halifax location.

Tuckamore Homestead Inc. – a $7,500 grant will be used to purchase mechanical equipment for honey extraction to further address food insecurity of Potlotek First Nation.

Zoe’s Ferments – a $5,000 grant will be used toward the purchase of a commercial cabbage shredder, production improvements and website design.


Sustainability

Button Brook Farm – a $10,000 grant will be used to purchase the materials and install a Climate Battery that extracts heat from soil to heat greenhouses, producing certified naturally grown greens to Nova Scotians through the winter months.

Greenii Inc. – a $8,500 grant will be used to purchase a rotary paper sheeter machine to help improve production efforts.

Solar Schools Canada – a $1,500 grant will support the purchase of an e-bike, trailer and helmet to facilitate delivery of Hope Bloom products, preventing emissions, promoting urban transportation and connecting residents with locally grown food products.


Health & Wellness

South Shore Sexual Health Centre – a $5,000 grant will be used to make possible gender affirming equipment for youth who face barriers to purchasing the necessary equipment to fully express their identity.

Fortress Senior Citizens Club – a $5,000 grant will be used to purchase exercise equipment to set up a new space for an inclusive, senior-focused recreational facility. It will provide opportunities to stay social and active beyond the traditional bingo and card games.

Glooscap First Nation Health and Healing – a $3,000 grant will be used to develop new signage to proudly identify the Trail and the valuable role it plays in the community for locals and visitors.

Southend Community Centre – a $2,000 grant will be used to purchase equipment for their adaptive program in partnership with Island Martial Arts.

Community

Halifax Transition House Association – Bryony House – a $5,000 grant will support the creation of a space to provide meaningful programming to women.

ElevateHER Mental Health Support Services Canada – a $5,000 grant will be used to purchase raw materials to enable clients to start production of products to sell, teaching entrepreneurial skills to women in poverty.

YWCA Halifax – a $3,500 grant will be used to construct a permanent outdoor shelter for strollers and bicycles.

Second Story Women’s Shelter – a $1,500 grant will support the purchase of shelving to make accessing free menstrual products and basic toiletries an easier and more welcoming experience.

New Business

Truro Brewing Company – a $5,000 grant will be used to purchase a second brite (conditioning/carbonating) tank to double production and increase sales.

Cashew Brothers Foods – a $3,000 grant will be used to purchase a new ice cream machine to meet market demand and increase sales.

Axe to Grind Foods – a $2,000 grant will be used to purchase an automated integrated dispensing and packaging machine to increase efficiency in production for sales efforts.

 

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