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Cannabis Education & Awareness Funding Opportunity


Health Canada has established funding for a cannabis public education and awareness initiative.  The funding is for “evidence-informed education, awareness, health promotion, prevention, harm reduction and treatment initiatives to address substance use priorities, including cannabis”.  Non-profit health organizations, other non-profit or charitable organizations, universities, school boards, municipalities, and First Nations organizations are eligible for funding.

There is no deadline for this Call for Proposals (CFP) process. Under this invitation, funding applications will be accepted on a continual basis and funding will be subject to budgetary and program considerations. More information on the Substance Use and Addictions Program is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/healthy-living/substance-use-addictions-program-call-for-proposals-guidelines-applicants.html. 

Nova Scotia Department of Seniors Age-friendly Communities Grant

Last month the NS Department of Seniors announced an “Age-friendly communities grant”.  There are two funding envelopes, one of which targets “Community Projects”. This envelope covers “programs, services, resources or events that support active, healthy living; help older adults stay connected to community life; maximize the economic and social contributions of older adults; and increase social interaction and community involvement among older adults.”

Non-profit organizations, associations and charities, universities, and municipalities are eligible to apply.  Applications received by September 30 will be reviewed and approved in October but if funds are still available there is another deadline on February 1, 2019.  For details visit https://novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant.  The media release can be found at https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20180711001.

Community Health Boards (CHBs) across the province are now accepting applications for wellness funds

Wellness Funds are available to non-profit community groups/organizations who have projects that address CHB community health plan priorities and use a population health-based approach in addressing the social determinants of health including healthy child development, education and literacy, poverty and food security, social support networks, coping skills, improved personal health and more.

No project is too small as grants range anywhere from $250-$3,000. Funding is intended for new and innovative projects or enhancements to existing programs that meet an identified community need.

Applications are available on the CHB website at https://www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca/wellness-funds, along with additional information.

Organizations are encouraged to connect with your local CHB Coordinator to discuss your application – they are there to help!

Building Vibrant Communities (BVC) Grant Program is now accepting applications

Completed applications must be received by 11:59pm July 24, 2018.

Please note, this year the program themes have changed. Applicants will be required to demonstrate in their application how their project relates to one or more of these themes:

  • Children
  • Housing
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Economic Inclusion (Workforce Attachment)

 Similar to last year, organizations may make multiple applications for separate projects.

For organizations requesting $5000 and less, partnership is not required. For organizations requesting $5001-$50,000, confirmation of partnerships with at least two (2) other organizations will be required.

For grant applications, guidelines and instructions on how to apply visit https://cch.novascotia.ca/building-vibrant-communities-grant.

For more information or if you would like to discuss your project application with a team member, please call 902-424-4506.

Queens Community Health Board Wellness Grant Fund

The Queens Community Health Board is currently accepting applications for their Wellness Grant fund.

There have been some changes to the process, application deadline and criteria for applying. Please review the NEW Application Form carefully and look at criteria and submission details. 

The deadline for applications is OCTOBER 15TH, 2017. This is earlier than last year’s deadline.


funding: Enabling Accessibility in Workplaces and Communities – Deadline July 26th, 2017

The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications from eligible applicants interested in receiving funding from the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). The EAF funds organizations, businesses and other eligible recipients to improve accessibility and/or safety for people with disabilities by supporting the capital costs of renovation, construction and/or retrofit activities and the provision of accessible technologies in workplaces and communities across Canada.

For more information about the EAF visit https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund.html

211 Service Celebrates Milestone – 100,000 Calls Received Since Launch


January 10th, 2017

211 Service Celebrates Milestone – 100,000 Calls Received Since Launch

211 Nova Scotia –the non –profit phone service that helps people connect with human and social services, is celebrating a major milestone with 100,000 calls received since the service launched almost four years ago, on February 11, 2013. The 100,000th call came at about 10:10 on January 10th from a resident in Digby County who was referred to 211 by a local service provider.

“This milestone is significant because 211 is still a relatively new service” said Executive Director Mike Myette. “Before 211, knowing who and where to call for help was a challenge. It is extremely rewarding for our team to have been able to help   so many people in such a short time. We are grateful to the hundreds of community organizations who have assisted us by spreading awareness of the service.  “

The free and confidential service connects Nova Scotians to thousands of services and programs offered by local community groups, non-profits and government departments in their community. Calls to 211 have been climbing steadily at an average rate of 30% per year over the past four years, as more Nova Scotians take advantage of the phone service. During 2016, over 35,000 calls were received and visits to the website more than doubled to 172,000, as compared to the previous year.

“The steady increase we have seen in call volumes and website visits over the last four years means that more people in Nova Scotia are getting access to help and that’s why we’re here. It also means that we’ve been able to collect more robust data on needs across the province,” said Myette. “With this data, we truly are getting a handle on what people need and a more thorough understanding of these needs will help us better respond to them.”

About 211 Nova Scotia

211 Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit association providing a single access point to a community’s full range of programs and services offered by nonprofits, community groups and government. The service is available by phone 24/7 or online at www.ns.211.ca. Interpretation services are also available in over 100 languages. The 211 service is funded by the Province of Nova Scotia and United Way organizations in Cape Breton, Pictou, Colchester, Cumberland, Halifax and Lunenburg.

For more information, visit ns.211.ca or dial 211.



Media Contact: Suzy Teubner, Director of Communications & Outreach

(902) 476-7436 / steubner@ns.211.ca