Funding Opportunities

Below is a summary of some of the grants and funding opportunities available to support health and well-being within your school community. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are aware of another funding opportunity that you think we should add, please contact us.

School-Specific Funding

Public Health: Health Promoting Schools (HPS) Innovation Funds

HPS Innovation Funds support schools to create healthy, safe and supportive school environments. Initiatives focus on one or more of the HPS priority areas (food environment & healthy eating, physical activity, and school climate & mental health) and ideally, connect to your school’s SSP well-being goal. The Winter 2021 HPS Innovation Fund cycle is open now. Applications can be completed here. Please note that the maximum award amount is $2000.

Typical Amount: ~$1200 per school
Due Date: January 27th 2021


UpLift Student Action Grant

This grant is intended to support projects that make the healthier choices the easier choices within a school environment. Schools can apply for a one-time grant of $5000, or apply for up to $5000 within a school year across multiple projects. Ideally, projects are student-led, but at a minimum, students must play an active role in choosing and implementing the project. Schools can reach out to our School Health Promoter or a Youth Engagement Coordinator for more information. connor.maceachern@nshealth.ca (Celtic and Nova families) shali.manuel@nshealth.ca (Chignecto and Cobequid families)

Typical Amount: $5000
Due Date: Ongoing

School Advisory Council Funding

School Advisory Councils receive $5000 plus one dollar for each student to direct towards initiatives that will support student success. Spending guidelines can be found on p. 22 of SAC Handbook.

Typical Amount: $5000 + $1 for each student
Due Date: Ongoing


Council to Improve Classroom Conditions - Engagement Grant

Funds may be available through CICC. For more information, email ClassroomCouncil@novascotia.ca

Typical Amount: varies
Due Date: N/A


Funding opportunities or other supports for school-community social action projects tied to the Imaginaction themes:

  • CONNECT [relationships]

  • ENGAGE [active and participatory democracy]

  • THRIVE [health and wellness]

  • LEAD [leadership]

  • LIVE [environmental sustainability]

  • CARE [poverty]

Typical Amount: N/A
Due Date: Ongoing


To encourage innovative and unique program development in Nova Scotia schools, directly related to the Public School Program. Applicants must be active NSTU members and teaching in the current school year. Teachers are eligible to submit one PDAF application per school year.

Typical Amount: N/A
Due Date: First day of February, April, June, October and December of each year


Since launching in 2005, the S'Cool Life Fund has provided grants for over 1,200 D.R.E.A.M.S. (Drama, Recreation, Extra-Curricular, Arts, Music, or Sports) projects across the country worth over $3 MILLION helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (K-8). For more information, email info@scoollifefund.ca

Typical Amount: N/A
Due Date: Online application will be available in Fall 2020

General

Wellness Funds are intended to support the implementation of the CHB Community Health Plan recommendations by funding local community projects that use a population health approach, addressing the Social Determinants of Health, such as income, education, social supports, early childhood development, etc.

NOTE: CCRCE falls within the Northern Zone Community Health Boards. Refer to Northern Zone Community Health Plans for Community Health Board priority areas.

Typical amount: Due to pandemic, groups can apply for up to $10,000 in 2020-21
Due Date: October 15, 2020 (midnight)

Small grants offered to any youth (aged 15-30) who want to lead a volunteer-led initiative that meets an unmet need in their community. Projects that address needs related to pandemic will be prioritized.

Overview of grants: $250 grant: For simple ideas, like community events/gatherings, that can be implemented by students & their peers; $750 grant: For bigger ideas that can be implemented with a small group of peers, such as building a community garden or distributing care packages; $1500 grant: For projects that involve a larger group of people to drive impact. Projects at this level of funding need a budget and a mentor or community reference to apply.

Typical Amount: $250-$1500
Due Date: N/A. Applicants typically hear back within 30 days.


Eligible projects increase the capacity of an organization. Such projects create or expand services rather than maintaining existing services, for example hiring staff or purchasing new equipment.

Costs to schools that would be covered:

  • Education programming to help children reach their full potential

  • Programming supporting healthy children

  • Building safe, kid-friendly communities

  • Services for children and youth with special needs and their families

  • Programs that promote the interest of children and youth

  • Mental health programs for children and youth

Typical Amount: Up to $25,000
Due Date: Application period is March to April 2021


Supports projects or initiatives led by community groups and/or non-profit organizations in Nova Scotia. Check website for updates on application deadline for 2021.

Typical Amount: Up to $15,000
Due Date: TBA


The Honda Canada Foundation was created to lend a hand to registered non-profit charities that strive to make the lives of Canadians better. They support people and organizations (including schools) that focus on their four pillars: Family, Environment, Engineering and Education.

Due Date: Ongoing


Healthcare/hospital foundations are charitable organizations that provide funds to support the delivery of health care as well as health-related community based projects within their respective geographical areas.

Due Date: Ongoing


Kent’s focus is to sponsor non-profit events and registered charities that support growth, development and wellness in the community. Requests for donations or sponsorship can be made at a local or regional level depending on the scope of the project.

Due Date: Ongoing; requests must be made
a minimum of 60 days before the event.


Through its local Branches and members, the Legion raises funds and supports essential services for those in need, and responds to the unique needs of their community. Whether helping local Veterans, supporting seniors, providing youth sports programs, raising funds, volunteering to help those in need, or simply offering a place to gather for fun and celebration, Legionnaires provide essential services in their communities.

Due Date: Ongoing


Lions Clubs support their communities.

Due Date: Ongoing


Municipality grants

Reach out to your municipality to learn of additional funding opportunities for your school.

Due Date: Ongoing


The main objective of Rotary is service - in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.

Due Date: Ongoing


RBC grant programs may change annually. For more information, click here

Typical Amount: RBC will consider funding up
to 50% of a specific project or program budget.

Physical Activity and Outdoor Recreation

The Recreation CDG is designed to support activities and initiatives which respond to the recreation and physical activity goals and priorities of communities and the Shared Strategy for Recreation in Nova Scotia: i) Active Living, ii) Inclusion and Access, iii) Connecting People and Nature, iv) Supportive Environments, and v) Capacity Development. CCH’s contribution will not normally exceed 50% of project costs. Applicants may be eligible up to 75% under special circumstances, including COVID-19.

Typical Amount: Up to $10,000 per year
Due Date: Applications will be accepted between April 1 and
Jan. 3 of the fiscal year pending legislative budget approval.


This fund was designed to help communities get active and stay active. In particular, this fund supports community-wide approaches and plans for less-structured movement. It is part of Let’s Get Moving Nova Scotia: An action plan for increasing physical activity in Nova Scotia.

This fund can be used to help you • plan, develop or evaluate policy • plan, create, improve, or evaluate physical environments (The fund is limited to supporting low-cost physical environment initiatives.) • plan, create, improve, or evaluate social environments.

Schools cannot apply directly, but can partner with eligible applicants, such as municipalities, villages, Mi’kmaw bands, or registered non-profits. CCH will contribute up to 75% of a project’s cost.

Typical Amount: Up to $5000
Due Date: Dec. 22, 2020


These funds support programs or initiatives that encourage Nova Scotians to participate in community sport, recreation and physical activities. Keep checking their website to find out when the new funding cycle opens.

Typical Amount: $10,000
Due Date: 2021 Info Pending


This program supports community-driven projects that improve connectivity within two kilometres, particularly between key community assets and help to achieve a low-carbon transportation future with higher mode-shares of biking, walking, rolling, shared transportation, transit and land-use planning that is oriented to sustainable modes of transportation. Staff are available to discuss project ideas year-round: connect2@novascotia.ca.

Typical Amount: Up to $100,000
Due Date: Sept. 30, 2020; next funding round expected to open in Spring 2021


This grant is to build capacity for gender equity within organizations and support them to expand quality opportunities for girls and women to participate and lead in sport. There are 30 national grants valued at $2500 each.

Typical Amount: $2500
Due Date: Oct. 13 - Nov. 9, 2020


This grant supports the community of active outdoor enthusiasts. In-classroom curriculum programs are not supported however after-school programs, clubs, or third-party programs can apply. MEC typically conducts two grant cycles annually: Spring and Fall. Unfortunately, the Fall 2020 cycle has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Keep checking their website to find out when a new funding cycle opens.

Typical Amount: Up to $20,000
Due Date: 2020 Fall Funding cycle
cancelled due to COVID-19.


These funds are intended to encourage communities to become more active. Schools (and other organizations) can sign up to host a Community Better program or event in June and apply for funding to help with equipment, instruction and more! The Challenge was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, but plans are underway to host a bigger and better challenge as part of ParticipACTION’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2021. Keeping checking their website to find out more details as they become available.

Typical Amount: Grants of $250 - $1000
+ chance to win $150,000
Due Date: 2021 info pending


FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities. Eligible projects include 1) Capital projects – construction or upgrades to a hospital, medical centre, childcare facility, rink, sportsplex or the purchase of fire and rescue equipment, and 2)Sustainability projects - upgrades to heating and cooling systems in a community building, installing new windows in a recreation centre or purchasing capital items for a recycling facility

Typical Amount: $5000 - $25,000
Due Date: Applications open March 2021


Food

School Nutrition Grant: This grant may be used to cover the costs associated with the purchase of food and consumable supplies for daily school meal programs. This grant is intended to supplement the funding of existing programs, allowing for higher quality, more sustainable programming. Grants are not intended to cover the cost of equipment, staff, or travel.

Due Date: September 30, 2020

Nutrition Education Grant: This grant is offered as a way for educators to excite and educate children about food and may be used to cover the costs associated with programs like cooking classes, farm tours, dietitian services, or equipment like green houses, growing towers or composting systems up to $10,000 annually.

Typical Amount: Up to $10,000
Due Date: TBA. Check website for updates

This grant may be used to cover the costs associated with the purchase of food and consumable supplies for summer meal or snack programs up to $10,000 annually. Grants are not intended to cover the cost of equipment, staff, or travel.

Typical Amount: Up to $10,000
Due Date: Temporarily closed due to COVID-19

Through the WholeKids Garden Grant program, schools and non-profit organizations turn outdoor spaces into powerful hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity and support classroom curriculum.

Typical Amount: $3000
Due Date: Applications open Feb 15 - March 31, 2021

Delivered directly to schools, the grants are designed to bring more of the local harvest into schools where it is featured in a Salad Bar meal service using the Farm to School Approach. The goal? To see more students and school communities engaged in growing, purchasing, harvesting, cooking, serving, learning about, and eating healthy, local and sustainable foods at school.

Typical Amount: Up to $10,000
Due Date: TBA. Check website for updates

This grant supports schools to incorporate a learning garden that allows students and teachers to connect with the surrounding community, and nurture engaged citizens who are passionate about the impact of food security and global issues through effective, experiential scientific learning opportunities. Due to COVID-19, next cycle of grant is expected to open in Spring of 2021.

Typical Amount: $500 & $3000
Due Date: Spring 2021

Grants awarded to selected projects across Canada based on community impact, youth involvement and sustainability. Applicants are invited to apply for a grant to create or expand a garden or green space that will provide tangible benefits to the community in one or more of the following ways: addressing health and wellness needs, enhancing the environment and/or engaging with youth. Application period opens in early January each year.

Typical Amount: $2500
Due Date: Feb. 28 2021


Mental Health

These grants provide funds that support individuals and organizations province-wide to undertake programs or services that will benefit the mental health of individuals throughout Nova Scotia.

Typical Amount: N/A
Due Date: Jan. - Mid-Feb. 2021


RBC funds programs that address youth (aged 13 - 24) and family’s immediate need to access mental health services.

They focus their funding on Navigation Programs and Technology-Based Solutions. However, they will also consider supporting other programs that increase access to care if they are collaborative, have proven results and can demonstrate successful outcomes. They will prioritize granting for programs that increase collaboration across service providers to reduce fragmentation.

Typical Amount: $10,000 to $100,000
Due Date: Ongoing

Community Development

This grant can be used to build capacity of community organizations and encourage collaboration towards the goal of eliminating poverty and its impacts. During the current State of Emergency declared due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the upcoming 2020-21 Building Vibrant Communities Grant will be announced at a later date.

Environment

LSF provides funding of up to $400 to schools to implement an Action Project. Action Projects must: increase awareness about sustainability issues and responsibilities; directly engage students in actions that address a local sustainability issue; and involve and benefit the school and/or local community. Keep checking their website for updated information about the 2020-21 application process.

Typical Amount: up to $400


The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs. Examples of eligible projects include the following:

  • Schoolyard greenings and outdoor classrooms

  • Butterfly gardens & pollinator programs

  • Natural playgrounds

  • Citizens science projects in public green spaces-

  • Bioblitzes

  • Trail building & restoration

  • Tree plantings (native species)

Typical Amount: $2000 - $8000
Due Date: January 15 & July 15, 2021


Tree Canada supports greening projects wherever learning takes place. Keeping checking their website for information about the 2020-21 funding cycle as it becomes available.

Typical Amount: Up to $3500

Schools are invited to share their project ideas to take hands-on action to protect nature.Check website for updates on call for proposal submission deadlines.

Typical Amount: $500
Due Date: Fall annually


Use the funding to support a youth-led action project (can be guided by an adult champion) that makes the community better for animals, people and the environment. Eligible projects fit into one of three project streams: Sustainable Food, Indigenous Perspectives or Climate Change.

Typical Amount: $1000
Due Date: Fall annually