Grants To Community Organizations

Recognizing a need to streamline granting of funds to community organizations and charities, Municipal Council approved a new Community Grants Policy on April 19th, 2011.

Subject to annual review and at the discretion of Municipal Council, the general operating budget shall annually provide for grants to community organizations and charities. Total funding shall be determined by Council on an annual basis and shall not normally exceed 2.04 percent of the taxes for general municipal purposes levied by the municipality for that year.

Grant Application Form Click Here


The following organizations may submit an application for a community grant:
· non-profit organization (under specific acts as identified within Subsection 65 (au) of the Municipal Government Act);
· non-profit society (Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks); or
· registered Canadian charitable organization (Canada Revenue Agency).

Only one application per organization can be submitted under this policy in each funding year.

Applications are evaluated on the proposed project or service, not the sponsoring organization.

No project / initiative shall be considered for funding beyond three consecutive years.

The County reserves the right to deny any application deemed not within its mandate.

The deadline for grant applications is March 1st. Applications received after this date will be evaluated subject to available funds remaining in the program.

The County of Annapolis will not consider requests for which there are general (mass) appeals or marketing campaigns.

Each application received shall be reviewed by staff to ensure it meets the eligibility criteria prior to being submitted to Municipal Council for their consideration to approve grant funding.


Community Programs Assistance Fund 

Provides funds to non-profit community organizations to initiate or develop programs which support the delivery of municipal services or provide services to enhance community well-being and the quality of life. Grant awards are normally in the $500 to $1,000 range. Maximum assistance shall be up to 50% of the annual program cost to a maximum of $2,000. Grant applicants should be able to demonstrate active fundraising efforts to support the continuation of the program. No organization may receive funding for more than one program within any fiscal year. 

Marketing and Promotion Partnership Programs 

To provide funds to non-profit societies to advertise or promote business, industrial and tourism opportunities in the county. Priority shall be given for initiatives which:

· are in keeping with the strategic goals of the municipality;

· provide a substantial regional benefit; and

· promote and support meaningful partnerships and linkages within the community.

Maximum grants shall not normally exceed $5,000.

Community Heritage Grants for Lighthouses and Museums

Funds to non-profit or charitable organizations to:

· preserve, protect or rehabilitate lighthouses in the County of Annapolis;

· protect or promote the heritage and culture of the County of Annapolis; or

· leverage senior government funding for heritage and cultural initiatives.

Maximum grants shall not normally exceed $500.

Trails Assistance Program 
The program provides funding to established trails organizations to develop and operate public trails to serve the needs of all residents within the County of Annapolis. Eligible funding projects shall include capital projects relating to development, operation or maintenance of trails. Although no specific project may be funded in excess of three (3) years, trails organizations are encouraged to develop a long term strategic plan relating to capital projects for which specific phases may be considered for annual funding. Maximum grants shall not normally exceed $5,000 per year.

Capital Projects Assistance Program 

Funding requests shall be considered for the following categories:

Small Project Matching Grants

 - Eligible applications include initiatives that demonstrate significant benefit to the region or a high degree of creativity, innovation, unique appeal or benefit, as determined by the council. Awards are one-time grants and shall not normally exceed $5,000. Grant approval shall require proof of matching funds in cash and/or "in kind" contribution by the applicant.

Large Capital Pledge Grants

 - Applications shall only be considered for capital projects for facilities, programs and/or services the municipality would or might otherwise provide. Eligible capital expenditures shall be consistent with the accounting principles and requirements applicable to municipalities. Awards are one-time capital grants and shall not normally exceed $25,000. The municipality may pay capital pledge grants over two or more fiscal years, subject to the availability of funds as determined by the council. The grants are considered a contribution to non-owned assets which are made from operations and may be funded by a transfer from the operating reserve.

Harbour Authorities & Societies Capital Assistance Program (Under Policy AM-1.4.3)

This program is available to the Margaretsville, Port Lorne, Cottage Cove, Hampton, Parker's Cove, Delaps Cove, and Victoria Beach Harbour Authorities/Societies. The Program is intended to address two needs of incorporated Harbour Authorities and Societies: (1) "seed money" to leverage Federal and/or Provincial grants for large capital projects; and (2) assistance for small projects that address ongoing capital maintenance requirements. Accordingly, the program provides two types of conditional capital grants for improvements to harbours, wharves, and public landings in Annapolis County click hereto view a copy of the complete AM-1.4.3 Harbour Authorities & Societies Capital Assistance Program Policy

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Community Halls And Centres

Formerly known as the Community Recreation Grant Program, Recreation Services is responsible for the administration of the Community Halls & Centres Assistance Program. This program is to provide funding to non-profit / charitable organizations or to trustees for property held for public use, to assist with: capital maintenance or repairs; facility upgrade or development; installation or replacement of fixtures, appliances or equipment; or to leverage senior government funding. The facility must be used for activities of a recreational, educational, environmental, cultural, community or social nature and be accessible for use by the general public. Religious sanctuaries, schools or facilities that are not available to the general public are not eligible to apply. Maximum grants shall not normally exceed $1,200. At the discretion of Municipal Council, a facility may be eligible for a grant of up to $2,400 if it exceeds 2,000 square feet in size. For more information, please click here to contact us.

Grant Application Form click here 


Funding From Other Government Sources

The NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage has a variety of funding programs, grants and awards available for individuals and organizations in Nova Scotia. Please Click Here to visit their website and see available funding opportunities. Some of them include:

  • COMMUNITY RECREATION: the objective is to assist in the development of small scale indoor and outdoor capital recreation projects, less than $20,000. Funding must be used for public, community recreation purposes; items of a permanent, non-consumable nature; and where a need for financial assistance is demonstrated. Applicants are eligible for up to one-third of the total capital cost of the project to a maximum of $5,000. Groups may apply anytime during the year, but can only apply once in a four-year period.

  • RECREATION FACILITY DEVELOPMENT: for projects over $20,000 this program can pay up to one-third of the total cost of your renovation. The group must raise the remaining two-thirds costs and may use donated materials and labour as part of their contribution. Deadline for applications is generally February 1st in any given year. Groups should prepare a strategy, including capital improvements, because they can only apply for this grant once every four years!

For assistance to complete these provincial applications, please Click Here.

COMMUNITY ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAM is designed to improve access to community facilities for folks with disabilities. The program can contribute up to 66.6 per cent of eligible costs of renovations, installations or equipment. Priority is given to applications that demonstrate the improvement is part of an overall plan and commitment to inclusiveness. Inquiries should be directed to Georgina Dimock at 424-5695 or Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis and as funding permits. Deadlines are March 31st, June 30th, September 30th and December 31st.

NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM GRANTS: Inquiries about these programs should be directed to Jackie Aiken, Service Nova Scotia, at 426-9410 or

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