Community Investment Grant Program



CUA is in the business of banking, which is why we believe in making investments that make an impact. Our Team is committed to strengthening the financial health of Nova Scotians while also contributing to projects and initiatives that make our communities and economy stronger. Each year, CUA provides direct funding to individuals, organizations, small businesses and social enterprises as part of its Community Investment Grant Program. The annual grant typically launches in January of each year, with funding being awarded in March. 

Since 2015, the Program has grown to welcome applications from across the Province. While the recipients and their ideas are as unique as their work, they share a common passion for improving lives and having a meaningful impact. List of 2021 Grant Recipients

Example of Past Categories:

  1. Small Business ($40,000). This category consisted of small businesses and social enterprises with a strategic investment of between $1,000 and $10,000 to be used for new equipment, technology, operational design or e-commerce development.
  2. Sustainability ($20,000). This category supported projects with a measurable impact on the environment, ecosystem and biodiversity.
  3. Health and Wellness ($15,000). This category supported 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.
  4. Community ($15,000). This category was for non-profit organizations and community associations in Nova Scotia, providing grants between $1,000 and $10,000 to invest in a one-time purchase, program or initiative that would otherwise not be possible, enhancing their impact on clients and communities.   
  5. New Business ($10,000). This category was for businesses who had incorporated or started operations in 2020 and provided between $1,000 and $5,000 to support growth and expansion.



Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications had to be received prior to the deadline via the online submission form at cua.com/grants.
  • Applicants must operate in Nova Scotia, employing one or more Nova Scotian residents and either serving Nova Scotians or selling products and services anywhere in the world from their Nova Scotia headquarters.
  • Funds must be used within the same calendar year and must not be used for staffing, administrative or operational costs such as wages, rent, heat, electricity or maintenance.
  • Applicants must not have previously received funds through the Community Investment Grant Program.
The Community Investment Grant Program typically launches in January of each year, with grants being awarded in March. Sign up to our distribution list to be notifed about the 2022 Community Investment Grant Program. As an added bonus, you’ll receive updates that often include helpful articles that might be of interest for your small business or non-profit organization.

If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to grants@cua.com.