Before You Apply

Each year, CUA’s Community Investment Grant Program has the privilege of hearing about good work happening across our Province in support of stronger communities and a stronger economy. Before you proceed to the application, please review the information below. If at any point you have questions, please submit the Contact Us Form on the main page and a member of our team will respond to your enquiry within one business day.

About the Application Process

  • Applications will be accepted until January 29th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. To ensure fairness to all participants, late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Submissions must be received electronically, using the online application form accessible at
  • Applicants are encouraged to download CUA’s Grant Application as a working file, using the space to draft answers prior to starting the application. When you’re ready, copy and paste your final answers into the online application for a smooth process. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
  • Please note, only one submission should be received on behalf of an applicant organization or business.
  • To acknowledge receipt of each submission, an email will be sent to each applicant. If you do not receive an email within four hours of submitting your application, or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact us through the main page.

About the 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.

Staying Connected

At CUA, we want you to know we’re here and happy to answer any of your questions at any time. We also want to share ongoing grant-related news, updates and ongoing promotions that may be relevant to you.

By entering your email address and submitting an application to CUA’s Community Investment Grant Program, you agree to receive updates and promotions from CUA. Additionally, you acknowledge CUA as having permission to share information about your project or initiative if it is selected as a grant recipient.  

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