The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that supports community initiatives from coast to coast to coast. The Fund is a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from across the country. The Fund is based on grassroots leadership and takes on a local focus in each community.

Recent grant recipients in Nova Scotia include:

Keeping History Alive A video production by Veterans Voices Canada which captures the perspectives of Canadian war veterans and commemorates their sacrifices with stories, experiences, and legacies that can be shared for generations to come.

Pugwash Peace Trail An initiative by the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary. The project is to start to create a 35 kilometre hiking trail that would encircle the Pugwash River Estuary. In addition to the physical benefits of hiking, the “Pugwash Peace Trail” will provide a wide range of experiences in terms of history, geography, habitat, flora and fauna. Interpretive signage along the trail would highlight Mi’kmaq sites, Acadian farms, salt water marshes, eel grass beds, and the vast variety of flora and fauna that inhabit this Estuary.

Remaining recipients will be included in this list as they are confirmed.  Should additional funding become available, we will update this page and share the details via social media and our newsletter.


Who can apply? The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is available to qualified donees operating within Canada, with the exception of the federal, provincial, and territorial governments; the United Nations, and the Crown. Community groups and other actors are welcome to work with a qualified donee to make an application to the Fund.

In the case of such a collaboration, the qualified donee would submit the application and act as a fiscal agent on behalf of the collaborating parties. Check the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Listing, and List of Other Qualified Donees to find potential partners in your community – they may be interested in collaborating on your project!

What kinds of projects are eligible for funding? In collaboration with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia will consider applications for grants starting at $7,500 up to a maximum of $15,000 from projects that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Eligible projects must be based in Canada, and must work towards the Fund’s objectives, to:
    • ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation;
    • INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our country and our communities; or
    • BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples; groups that reflect our cultural diversity; youth; and official language minorities.
  • Eligible projects are required to match the grant requested, through in-kind or cash contributions equal to the value of the grant and in partnership with one of CFNS’s existing Funds. 
  • Eligible projects must commit to performing funded activities and expenditures between the date that the grant is approved and before January 31, 2018.

Please note that the following projects will be ineligible for funding:

  • Projects related to political activities or lobbying
  • Projects that are designed for fundraising purposes
  • Projects deemed controversial, dismissive, or offensive
  • Ongoing activities, such as the publication of regular issues of newsletters, magazines and periodicals
  • Any activity taking place outside Canada
  • Projects that are funded in whole or in part by the Government of Canada

The application period for this fund ended on October 15th, 2016.  Thanks to all those who have applied. We will update this page should additional funding become available in 2017.