Frequently Asked Questions About Our Funds and Grants
Here are answers to the questions we are most frequently asked.
Applying for funding
Can I submit more than one application?
An organization may submit more than one application for any given fund. Different teams within the same organization may also apply.
What measures has the Centre put in place to avoid the duplication of services?
Knowledge transfer and collaboration within the community are key principles promoted by the Centre. It is in keeping with these principles that a resource inventory has been created. We invite individuals applying for funding from the Centre to consult this inventory to ensure that the proposed service does not already exist.
What are the deadlines for submitting a grant application?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline to apply for a grant. However, we encourage you to start as soon as possible since funds are limited.
How long does it take to review an application?
The Centre will do its best to review your application and notify you of its decision within three months.
Details about the process
What populations or demographics will be prioritized by the Centre?
Currently, the Centre has identified ongoing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples as a priority, and therefore projects for and by Indigenous populations will be prioritized. Over time, the Centre will ensure an equitable distribution of funding among vulnerable populations and will prioritize projects that fill gaps in service provision at the regional, provincial and national levels.
Why might my project not be granted funding?
Not all eligible projects will necessarily be funded. In addition, a grant awarded for one given year does not guarantee that the funding will be renewed in subsequent years. Although all projects are judged on their relevance to the grant criteria, the Centre will make final decisions based on the funds available, the number of applications already received and the equitable distribution of funding across the country.
Does the use of funds have to be reported on?
For projects under $50,000 and lasting less than one year, a report will be required at the end of the project. For projects over $50,000 or lasting more than one year, several reports will be required throughout the project. Follow-ups will also be required by telephone at least twice a year, with all of our grant recipients.
What happens to intellectual property at the end of the project?
All materials and knowledge generated by the project are the property of the grant recipient. However, the Centre reserves the right to use these materials at no cost. If the use is for promotional or knowledge transfer purposes, the Centre will work with the organization to find a common ground.
If a grant is awarded, does the source of funding need to be acknowledged in relation to the project and project-related materials?
You must acknowledge the source of funding for your project in your project communications. This can be done in several ways:
- Electronically, through websites, e-newsletters, bulletins, blogs or social media;
- In print products (e.g., advertisements, brochures, posters, newsletters, annual reports, press releases, signage, correspondence, etc.);
- Publicly, at community gatherings or celebrations (e.g., event or exhibit).
Logos and messages to be used will be provided upon approval of your application.
Run a health check on your organization using the Organizational Compass and the Green Compass. Fill out our free online self-assessment form to:
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses
- Access an automatically generated action plan
- Consult the list of resources available to implement the plan
- Local Projects
- Sectoral Projects
- Community-Based Tenant Initiative Fund
- Nova Scotia’s Community Housing Growth Fund
- Energy efficiency coaching services
- Self-assessment tools
- Resource inventory
- Special projects