Community Investment Grant Program


At CUA, our team is committed to improving the quality of life of our members and the communities in which they live and work. As a Halifax-based banking institution, our team understands that a small amount of money can have a big impact for people, projects and communities. This year, our Community Investment Grant Program provided $25,000 in direct funding to support individuals, initiatives, organizations and businesses who are working to affect economic, social and environmental change.

We received a record amount of applications for this year's program. We kindly thank the representatives from the Halifax International Airport Authority, Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia, My Halifax Experience, Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Davis Pier Consulting, Venor and The Coast, who served on this year's Selection Committee.

The recipients of the 2018 Community Investment Grant Program include:

Youth Go-Getter

Gnawrishing Inc. is a business venture by 17-year-old Cole Harbour High student, Minh Tran, which sells affordable, silicone teether necklaces for children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, sensory processing disorder (SPD), and anyone with the need to chew.

The Youth Go-Getter Grant for $2,000 will allow Minh to launch a new design of his necklace, specifically the cost of building the new mold and manufacturing it.

For more information on Gnawrishing Inc., please visit here.

New Canadian Venture

Yomes is an online communication tool that allows tenants to share their experiences about living in certain properties or neighbourhoods, or about renting from specific landlords. It aims to educate tenants about their rights and responsibilities, while also encouraging transparency into the landlord-tenant relationship to improve compliance and problem resolution.

The New Canadian Venture Grant for $3,000 will allow Yomes to develop a new module for tenants which would allow them to report any problems they may encounter immediately, while notifying landlords quickly to improve communication and efficiency to solve issues.

For more information on Yomes, please visit here.

Campus Catalysts

Saint Mary University's Speak Up Society is the University's most intercultural society, helping to build the bridge between hundreds of Canadian and international students. Their main goals include introducing the world's cultures to students through their events, helping students tackle social introversion and anxiety, and helping to improve volunteer opportunities.

The Campus Catalyst Grant for $2,000 will allow the society to fund a campaign and several conferences to encourage students to speak their minds about misconcieved beliefs, mental struggles, stigmas and stereotypes in an effort to help members of the community understand one another.

For more information on SMU's Speak Up Society, please visit their Facebook page here.

Dalhousie's Green Chemistry Initiative is aimed at promoting hazard-awareness and waste-reduction in the University's Chemistry Department.

The Campus Catalyst Grant for $2,000 will allow the initiative to promote its activities, recruit members and educate others about green chemistry. This includes hosting a series of workshops, renting public spaces, and providing educational materials and refreshments to audience members.  

For more information on Dalhousie's Green Chemistry Initiative, please visit their Facebook page here.

Small Business Trailblazers

Made with Local is a HRM-based company that gathers ingredients from local farmers and food producers and brings them to social enterprise bakeries, where they're made into nourishing, simple foods. The business has grown rapidly in three years, so they will be expanding into a second social enterprise production kitchen at The Stone Hearth Bakery in Halifax.

This Small Business Trailblazer Grant for $5,000 will be used to purchase production equipment for the Stone Hearth Bakery's kitchen, ensuring they are outfitted with durable and appropriate tools to create their delicious products.

For more information on Made with Local, please visit here.

Creative Urban Timber is a social enterprise that sources hardwood from firewood suppliers to create live-edge wood products, including tables, bar tops and countertops. Not only do their products cater to the trend of live-edge wood products, but the wood is entirely sourced from local firewood suppliers who have an abundance of oversized products that are unable to be processed.

This Small Business Trailblazer Grant for $5,000 will be used to purchase a portable bandsaw mill, offering the option to do hands-on work on sites where large, urban trees are being removed.

For more information on Creative Urban Timber, please visit here.

Community Changemakers

The Apple Kids Project through Veith House was started when two school-aged kids arrived hungry on the steps of Veith House for a snack one day after school. Since then, the program has centered around healthy eating and after school activities for students in the surrounding community.

The Community Changemaker Grant for $2,000 will be used to purchase more fun and games for the kids, including ping pong tables, computers, arts and crafts, a foosball table, an air hockey table, plants for the garden, and more.

For more information on The Apple Kids Project, please visit here.
DIY and Tool Literacy Program (TLP) is an initative by the Halifax Tool Library, a local library that lends tools. They seek to remove any barriers that prevent students, apartment dwellers, low-income residents and non-profit organizations from home improvements, or from creating their own functional or artistic items. The DIY TLP Program will invite low-income community members to partake in developmental activities to build competency and skill in operating power tools.

The Community Changemaker Grant for $2,000 will cover prepping and operating the workspace, professional instruction, printed material, and of course, construction material.

For more information on the Halifax Tool Library, please visit here.
Garden Partners is an initative by the North End Community Circle Garden (NECCG), which has 24 raised garden beds. In 2017, a group of nearby students visited the NECCG and were surprised to learn that they had no actual water source. They then asked if they could assist with the water issue, and since then, their innovative work has led them to win a school-wide competition. From this, Garden Partners was born.

The Community Changemaker Grant for $2,000 will further support the collaboration between NECCG and the local schools they've been working with, providing rain-collecting barrels, stepping stone pathways, plant markers, and a picnic table. 

For more information on the North End Community Circle, please visit here
 

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