Before You Apply

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Each year, CUA’s Community Investment Grant Program has the privilege of hearing about good work happening across our Province in support of stronger communities and a stronger economy. Before you proceed to the 2023 Program application, please review the information below. If at any point you have questions, please email and a member of our team will respond to your enquiry within one business day.

About the Application Process

About the Grant Categories

Please review CUA’s eligibility criteria before choosing a category for application. Your organization may fit into multiple categories; you should select the one that you feel is the best fit out of the following five:

  • 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.
  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Please note that CUA staff may re-categorize your application if required. Your application will not be disqualified based on a submission to an incorrect category.

Staying Connected

At CUA, we want you to know we’re here and happy to answer any of your questions at any time. We also want to share ongoing grant-related news, updates and ongoing promotions that may be relevant to you.

By entering your email address and submitting an application to CUA’s Community Investment Grant Program, you agree to receive updates and promotions from CUA. Additionally, you acknowledge CUA as having permission to share information about your project or initiative if it is selected as a grant recipient. Please note that we will not be individually contacting all applicants to update you on the status of your application.