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.

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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.

Ready to Apply?

Applications will be accepted until January 29th at 4:00 p.m. 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 early March, including an email to all applicants to advise them of grant recipients.

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Have Questions? Let's Talk.

Connect with a member of the CUA team about your Community Investment Grant questions:

Grant Categories

Please review CUA’s eligibility criteria before choosing one of the following five categories for application:

Small Business ($40,000). This category consists of small businesses and social enterprises with a strategic investment of between $1,000 and $10,000 to be used for new equipment, technology, operational design or e-commerce development.


Sustainability ($20,000). This category supports projects with a measurable impact on the environment, ecosystem and biodiversity. A minimum of two recipients will be in the area of energy efficiency, the reduction of greenhouse gases and/or improved waste management.


Health and Wellness ($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.


Community ($15,000). This category is for non-profit organizations and community associations in Nova Scotia, providing grants between $1,000 and $10,000 to invest in a one-time purchase, program or initiative that would otherwise not be possible, enhancing their impact on clients and communities.  


New Business ($10,000). This category is for businesses who have incorporated or started operations in 2020 and will provide between $1,000 and $5,000 to support growth and expansion.

Featured Projects


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

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

Espresso 46
received funding to purchase new equipment that enabled the business to operate longer hours and grow their customer base throughout 2020.

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I speak to somebody about my application? Expand/Collapse

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer advice specific to individual applications, as that would be unfair to the other applicants. We encourage applicants to focus on narrowing their application down to one element of the project that the grant funding would have a large overall impact on and to please provide as much detail as possible.

As a non-profit organization, do I only qualify for the non-profit category? Expand/Collapse

Non-profit organizations are welcome to apply for any category that aren’t designated specifically for businesses.  However, we encourage each applicant to carefully evaluate which category best suits their needs as they are only able to submit one application.

Can I apply for more than one grant? Expand/Collapse

No, organizations may only submit one application. We encourage each applicant to apply to the category best suited for their organization’s needs.

I'm having trouble accessing the online application form (i.e., poor internet connection). What should I do? Expand/Collapse

If you do not have a computer or poor internet access, we encourage you to visit your local library (following proper COVID-19 measures) or borrowing a friend’s computer to access it. The form is the most effective way of identifying which grant category you’re eligible for and filling in your information. Through this process, you will receive notification that your application has been submitted and of your result.

How do I know when I’ve successfully submitted my application? Expand/Collapse

Applicants will be taken to a new page in their web browser when their application has successfully been submitted. They will also receive an email confirmation in the inbox of the provided email address. If you don’t receive an email, please check your junk or spam folder mail. If you have not received the email, contact grants@cua.com. It’s recommended that before completing and submitting an online application, applicants carefully review answers. Unfortunately, CUA cannot accept changes to an application once submitted.

I am interested in applying to this year’s Program. What grant do I apply for? Expand/Collapse

Unfortunately, our team is unable to provide advice specific to your project or application. We encourage applicants to read the categories carefully and choose one that they feel best aligns with their work and where the grant would have the largest overall impact.