Community Investment Grant Program


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As a local, community-based organization, CUA is committed to improving the quality of life of our members and the communities in which they live and work. 

The Community Investment Grant Program is designed to provide funding support to a variety of community groups and individuals that will directly benefit the community. Events, programs, activities and projects are all eligible for funding. This program is an expression of CUA’s vision that our members and communities are better off, and provides broad support to projects with an aim to effect positive economic, social and environmental change.  


In 2017, six grants are available for initiatives that focus on the following five funding priority areas:

Youth 
Through the Youth Grant, CUA provides a $2,000 grant that supports local projects and programs that help build a stronger future for youth in Halifax, as well as supports youth (Under 30) who are looking to pursue projects, initiatives or businesses in Halifax that require funding for start-up or growth. To qualify for the Youth Grant, applicants must:

  • Be between 17-30 years old and a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • The applicant's grant request must be for the support of the start-up or growth of a local project, program, initiative or business that will be carried out by or is in support of youth aged 17-30.
  • Meet CUA's project funding principles as outlined below.
Community and Non-Profit Initiative
Through the Community and Non-Profit Initiative Grant, CUA provides a $2,000 grant that supports a project or initiative led by community groups and/or non-profit organizations in Halifax. To qualify for the Community & Non-Profit Initiative, applicants must:

  • Be a non-profit or charitable business in Halifax, Nova Scotia;
  • The applicant's grant request must be for the support of the start-up or growth of a local project, program, initiative, or non-profit or charitable organizations;
  • Meet CUA's project funding principles as outlined below.
Click here to apply now.

New Canadian Venture Through the New Canadian Venture Grant, CUA provides a $2,000 grant that supports a project, program, initiative or business operating in the Halifax region and led by a new Canadian. To qualify for the New Canadian Venture, applicants must:

  • Be a new Canadian living in Halifax, Nova Scotia;
  • The applicant's grant request must be for the support of the start-up or growth of a local project, program, initiative, or business;
  • Meet CUA's project funding principles as outlined below.
Click here to apply now.
Social Enterprise Through the Social Enterprise Grant, CUA provides a $2,000 grant that supports projects or initiatives of social enterprises in Halifax. A social enterprise is an organization that combines the social mission of a non-profit or government program with the market-driven approach of a business.  Social enterprises can be either for-profit or non-profit, but their entire operation surrounds selling goods and/or services to support a social mission: Improving the human, social and environmental condition. To qualify for the Social Enterprise Grant, applicants must:

  • Be a Social Enterprise in Halifax, Nova Scotia;
  • The applicant's grant request must be for the support of the start-up or growth of a local project, program, initiative, or Social Enterprise;
  • Meet CUA's project funding principles as outlined below.
Click here to apply nowView the 2016 recipients.

Local Businesses
Through the Local Business Grant, CUA provides two $5,000 grant that supports the start-up or growth of locally-owned and operated small businesses in Halifax. To qualify for the Local Business Grant, applicants must:

  • Be a registered business in Halifax, Nova Scotia;
  • The applicant's grant request must be for support of the start-up or growth of a local business;
  • Meet CUA's project funding principles as outlined below.


Funding Principles

Projects must demonstrate some or all of the following principles:

  • Promotion of equity, community building, collaboration, diversity, community participation and self-reliance.
  • Enhancement of the assets of a community.
  • Sustainability.
  • Demonstrable community-wide benefits.
  • Support of community transformation.
  • Capacity to leverage additional funding and community resources.

The grant is not intended for operation costs (such as staff wages or administration costs), or to support annual funding. In addition, we are unable to assist projects that:


  • Take place outside of Halifax (includes all of Halifax Regional Municipality).
  • Have political or religious affiliations.
  • Are retroactive in nature.
  • Only benefit one individual.
  • Represent a conflict of interest for CUA


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