August 2018 – NS211 Blog
Monthly Archives: August 2018

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

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 

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  The media release can be found at