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:
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:
|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:
|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:
|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:
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:
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.
- Demonstrable community-wide benefits.
- Support of community transformation.
- Capacity to leverage additional funding and community resources.
- 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