2023 Community Investment Grant Program

Welcome to CUA

At CUA, one of our core values is thinking big. Every day, we take that approach when providing flexible banking solutions to our customers. In 2015, we launched CUA’s Community Investment Grant Program to help good work go further by providing funds to make a purchase or deliver a program that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. We’re excited you’re here, and we look forward to hearing about your work.

About the Process

Before starting your application, please review the following information as we’ve developed resources to help your application have the best chance of success.

Applications will be accepted until February 10 at 4:00 p.m. AST. Selection of finalists and the allocation of funding will be determined by a selection of CUA members and staff. Funding announcements will take place at the end of March, including an email to all applicants to advise them of grant recipients. Ready to apply?

Grant Categories

To apply, please select one of the following five grant categories for consideration:

    1. Small Business ($30,000). This category consists of small businesses and social enterprises with a strategic investment of up to $7,500 to be used for new equipment, technology, operational design or expansion, or e-commerce development.

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    2. Community ($25,000). This category is for non-profit organizations and community associations in Nova Scotia, providing grants up to $7,500 to invest in a one-time purchase, program or initiative that would otherwise not be possible, enhancing their impact on clients and communities.

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    3. Health, Wellness and Recreation ($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, with a maximum grant value of $10,000.

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    4. Sustainability ($15,000). This category supports programs or initiatives that promote positive environmental impacts and sustainability efforts with a measurable impact on the environment, ecosystem and biodiversity. Grants will be provided up to $5,000 to fund projects in the areas of energy efficiency, the reduction of greenhouse gases and/or improved waste management

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    5. Arts and Culture ($15,000). This category is intended for small businesses, non-profits and community organizations preserving or promoting elements of heritage or artistic expression. This includes, but is not limited to, music, theatre, dance, fashion, photography, architecture, language or cultural tradition.  A minimum of three grant recipients will be selected in this category, with a maximum grant value of $10,000. 

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Featured Projects

Hive to Home received funds to purchase a commercial electric griddle to reduce the production time of reusable beeswax wraps. As a result, production time is now 93% faster.

Blk Women in Excellence (BWIE) received funding to support a rigorous 12-week "LEVEL UP Your Business" program to fill a gap in marginalized communities and Black-owned businesses.

Spencer House Senior Center received funding to implement a tower garden aeroponic system to increase the number of fresh vegetables in resident meals.

Chain Yard Cider received funds to purchase a “fizz whizz” machine, enabling new can sizes, increased production, and increased shelf space at the NSLC.

South Shore Sexual Health received funding for their TRANSformation closet, a pay-as-you-can service that offers gender affirming gear for both youth and adults. Since then, it has become a core service.

Greenii Inc received funds to purchase a new crinkle paper shredder, resulting in an increase in capacity and employment of immigrants and individuals with disabilities.

The Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia received funding to produce educational videos about landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities.

The Membertou Skating Club received funding to purchase skating equipment to start a “Learn to Skate” program for teens.

Out of the Cold Community Association received funding to provide residents with regular, free, and low- barrier access to computers and the internet.

Espresso 46 received funding to purchase new equipment that enabled the business to operate longer hours and grow their customer base.

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