2022 Community Investment Grant Program


Welcome to CUA

At CUA, one of our core values is thinking big. Every day, we take that approach when providing flexible banking solutions to our customers. In 2015, we launched CUA’s Community Investment Grant Program to help good work go further by providing funds to make a purchase or deliver a program that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. We’re excited you’re here, and we look forward to hearing about your work.

About the Process

Before starting your application, please review the following information as we’ve developed resources to help your application have the best chance of success.

Applications will be accepted until January 28 at 4:00 p.m. AST. Selection of finalists and the allocation of funding will be determined by a selection of CUA members and staff. Funding announcements will take place in mid-March, including an email to all applicants to advise them of grant recipients. Ready to apply?

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Grant Categories

Applicants will select one of the following five grant categories for consideration:

  1. Small Business ($40,000). This category consists of small businesses and social enterprises with a strategic investment of between $1,000 and $7,500 to be used for new equipment, technology, operational design or e-commerce development.

  2. Community ($25,000). This category is for non-profit organizations and community associations in Nova Scotia, providing grants between $1,000 and $7,500 to invest in a one-time purchase, program or initiative that would otherwise not be possible, enhancing their impact on clients and communities.

  3. Tourism ($15,000). This category is for small businesses specifically in the tourism industry, which was hard-hit by the impacts of COVID-19. Sectors include food and beverage, accommodations, transportation, and entertainment. Grants will be provided between $1,000 and $5,000 to fund new equipment or technology, expanded distribution, or increased product/service offerings.

  4. Health, Wellness and Recreation ($15,000). This category supports programs or initiatives that improve the health and well-being of Nova Scotians, enhancing communities and health outcomes in the areas of financial health, mental health, food security, sport or physical fitness. A minimum of three grant recipients will be selected in this category.

  5. Arts and Culture ($15,000). This category is intended for small businesses, non-profits and community organizations preserving or promoting elements of heritage or artistic expression. This includes, but is not limited to, music, theatre, dance, fashion, photography, architecture, language or cultural tradition.  A minimum of three grant recipients will be selected in this category

Featured Projects

Chain Yard Cider

Chain Yard Cider received funds to purchase a “fizz whizz” machine, enabling new can sizes, increased production, and increased shelf space at the NSLC.

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Greenii Inc.

Greenii Inc. received funds to purchase a new crinkle paper shredder, resulting in an increase in capacity and employment of immigrants and individuals with disabilities.

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Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia

The Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia received funding to produce educational videos about landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities.

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Membertou Skating Club

The Membertou Skating Club received funding to purchase skating equipment to start a “Learn to Skate” program for teens.

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Ecology Action Centre

The Ecology Action Centre received funds to purchase specialized storage racks, leading to greater efficiency and more previously owned bikes being available.

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Espresso 46

Espresso 46 received funding to purchase new equipment that enabled the business to operate longer hours and grow their customer base.

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Storm Soccer

Storm Soccer received funding to launch “Storm Kick Start” with the purchase of kick mannequins to improve player performance and focus.

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Off Track Brewing

Off Track Brewing received funds to purchase new fermenters, increasing their production capacity and ability to grow their business.

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The Friends of McNabs Island Society

The Friends of McNabs Island Society received funds to purchase solar panels and skylights, transforming the old stone building into a sustainable centre.

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Contact Us

For prospective applicants with questions about the Program, please fill out the form below. For media inquiries, please visit our News and Events page.