2023 Community Investment Grant Program

Thank you to everyone who played a role in making this year’s Community Investment Grant Program such a success.

Whether you applied, shared one of our posts on social media or told someone you know to apply, thank you for taking the time to help us learn about the good work happening in our communities.

Funding was announced on March 28th, with grants awarded in five categories to 20 businesses and organizations in Nova Scotia. The successful grant recipients included: 

Small Business
Sissiboo Coffee Roasters ($5,500)
Sow Local Seeds ($2,500)
Pathways to Employment ($6,000)
Simply Good Form ($7,500)
Mad Macs Farm ($7,500)
Woodshed Press ($1,000)
VON Nova Scotia ($7,500)
Antigonish Affordable Housing Society ($7,500)
Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Nova Scotia ($3,500)
Parker Street Furniture and Food Bank ($6,500)
Health, Wellness and Recreation
Blue Nile Massage and Wellness ($8,000)
Municipality of Victoria County ($2,000)
PuncHIIT Fitness ($5,000)
Rising Tide Nursery ($5,000)
Recircle Waste Management Solutions ($5,000)
Syd Delicious ($3,000)
OK Sea Salt ($2,000)
Arts & Culture
Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design ($5,000)
Lunn’s Mill Beer Company ($5,000)
Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq ($5,000)

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If you have any questions, please email grants@cua.com.

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.

See all past recipients»