Community Investment Grant Program

CUA's 2020 Community Investment Grant Program

The 2020 Community Investment Grant Program application period is now closed

Thank you for your interest in CUA's Community Investment Grant Program. This year, the program received a record amount of applications from deserving projects, organizations and small businesses making a difference in communities across Nova Scotia.

Following a three-week evaluation period, recipients will be notified in late February before an announcement is shared publicly in March. If you have any questions, please email

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Grants will be awarded in three categories

Small Business
($25,000 available)

Supports the start-up or growth of locally-owned and registered small businesses or social enterprises in Nova Scotia.

Community and Non-Profit
($15,000 available)

Supports projects or initiatives led by community groups and/or non-profits in Nova Scotia.

Sports and Recreation
($10,000 available)

upports programs or initiatives that encourages Nova Scotians to participate in community sport, recreation and physical activities.

Criteria and Eligibility

Project Funding Principles:

Projects must demonstrate some or all of the following principles:

  • Promote equality, community-building, collaboration, diversity, community participation and self-reliance.
  • Enhance existing assets within a community.
  • Increase health and wellness through sport, education or community services.
  • Sustainability (economic or environmental).
  • Demonstrable community-wide benefits and/or transformation.
  • Potential to generate additional funding and/or 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:

  • Operate outside of Nova Scotia.
  • Have political or religious affiliations.
  • Are retroactive in nature.
  • Only benefit one individual.
  • Represent a conflict of interest for CUA.