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New Fund Covers Costs for Canadians Sponsoring Refugees

On August 7th, the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub and the Shapiro Foundation, together with Jewish Family Services Ottawa, announced the creation of a new fund aimed at facilitating the sponsorship of up to 1,000 refugees identified by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

For a limited time, qualifying Canadian groups will have the cost of sponsoring a refugee through the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program fully covered by the fund.For more information, visit https://refugeehub.ca/news-release-new-fund-covers-costs-for-canadians-sponsoring-refugees/.

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