We’re pleased with federal and provincial recognition of the important work of our sector in responding to COVID-19. There are several funding opportunities available to the sector currently and we will continue to monitor and share new developments, policies and application processes nationally and provincially
The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS) will provide $120,000 to local organizations working to support women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals working towards a future grounded in equity, inclusion and justice. The Fund is part of a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, funded through the Government of Canada. CFNS is one of local community foundations across Canada that are taking part.
The Fund for Gender Equality is part of a five-year initiative to advance gender equality in Canada, led by a collaboration between participating community foundations, Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada.
From November 3 to 30, 2020 CFNS will be accepting applications for funding from organizations at the “heart” of the women’s movement, with a focus on organizations that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to empowering women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people through their mission, activities, or partnerships. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, including to pilot new initiatives, to address long-standing community needs, or to support a just recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The initiatives themselves may touch on a wide range of areas that are affected by gender equality, including food insecurity, income inequality, racial injustice, domestic violence, and many more. In particular, the Fund will prioritize initiatives and organizations that are ‘self-led’—those that are led by the same groups that they focus on serving. Applications will be reviewed in December and it is expected that funding will be issued in January 2021.
The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is a program that is designed to help social purpose organizations prepare for the Government of Canada’s broader investment in social finance via the Social Finance Fund, an historic new $755M commitment which was announced in 2018 and is expected to roll out over 10 years.
The Emergency Community Support Fund is a new $350 million investment by the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In Nova Scotia, the following three organizations are administering funds allocated to our province. Applicants are only able to receive funding from one of these organizations, however, you may apply to each of them if you have been unsuccessful with one or two of them. Please visit each organization for more information:
The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is accepting applications for up $2,500 in funding through our COVID-19 fund, Be the Link.
Not-for-profit organizations who serve Nova Scotians living with mental illness and addiction can apply for funding to help better connect mental health clients with counselling, peer support, family and friends.
The fund is designed to provide phones, tablets, SIM cards and data packages to our most vulnerable community members, connecting them to their circle of support during this extended period of isolation.
Our intention is to alleviate stress on our system. To avert crisis before it begins. To share moments of hope and connection with those who need it most.
The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small- to medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity on how to respond and reshape amid uncertainty. The BRS is run through the Canadian Chamber’s Canadian Business Resilience Network in collaboration with EY and with support from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), and Imagine Canada. The program, coordinated by EY, will be provided for four weeks from Monday, May 25, and involves support from approximately 125 business advisors from across the accounting profession for free.
To access the BRS call:
1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession.
The service is available 7 days/week from 9am – 9pm AST
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