Program Eligibility Criteria

CUA is committed to strengthening Nova Scotia’s economy and is dedicated to making community investments that have a meaningful impact. Projects supported through CUA’s 2023 Community Investment Grant Program must align with the following eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants are not required to be current members of CUA.
  • 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.

  • Applications must be received no later than February 10, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. AST via the online submission form at

  • Funds must be used in 2023 and may not be used for ongoing staffing, administrative or operational costs such as wages, rent, heat, electricity or standard maintenance.

  • Wages or staffing costs can be considered applicable (a new hire or role expansion) for the sole purpose of implementing your proposed project or initiative.

  • Applicants must not have previously received funds through the Community Investment Grant Program.

The Community Investment Grant Program funds will be awarded to individuals and organizations who are stewards of innovation, the Nova Scotia economy, its people and communities, and the environment. Funding will align with CUA’s mission of helping everyday people achieve progress in their lives.  The Program welcomes and celebrates the inclusion and promotion of diversity and equality.

Past Recipient Profiles

Hive to Home (

Hive to Home was one of the recipients of CUA’s Community Investment Grant Program in 2022, receiving $1,500 to be put towards a commercial electric griddle to reduce the production time of reusable beeswax wraps. As a result, owner Chelsey Schmuland has been able to make her wraps 93% faster.

South Shore Sexual Health (

In 2021, South Shore Sexual Health applied for one of CUA’s Community Investment Grants and was awarded $5,000 to fund the TransFORMATION Closet, a pay-as-you-can service that offers gender affirming gear for both youth and adults in Lunenburg and Queens counties. Julie Veinot, director at South Shore Sexual Health, explains that since then, it’s become a core srvice.

Spencer House Senior Centre (

As part of CUA’s 2022 Community Investment Grant program, Spencer House Senior Centre received $2,000 to implement a tower garden aeroponic system to increase the number of fresh vegetables in resident meals. To assist with their tower garden, they also created a network of volunteers who formed their Garden Club, a group which met weekly throughout the summer to grow vegetables and build connections.


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