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.

To date, The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia (CFNS) has provided grants to a mix of projects and initiatives across the province, which you can read about here.


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.

If you are not a qualified donee but are planning a Canada 150 initiative, you might consider partnering/collaborating 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!

The CFNS is also pleased to announce that it will consider confirmed funding to community projects through the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Community Grants Program and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Sustainability Fund as the local matching contribution. Projects funded through either of these programs must also meeting the criteria of the 150 Fund.

What kinds of projects are eligible for funding? In collaboration with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, The CFNS 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.
  • Elibile Nova Scotian projects must provide 50% of the total project funding through in-kind or cash contributions.
  • Eligible projects must additionally work with the CFNS and/or one of the CFNS’s existing funds to identify sources of financial support for the local community fund match which represents one-half of the total contribution (or 25% of the project cost) available through this program. See below for more details.
  • Eligible projects must commit to performing funded activities and expenditures between the date that the grant is approved and before January 31, 2018.

What are the additional considerations and opportunities when working with the CFNS? The total grant amount available is 50% of the total project cost with equal financial contributions from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and local donors to the CFNS. Local donors of funds under the CFNS umbrella need to match the financial contribution available from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. This is in addition to the 50% financial or in-kind contribution provided by applicants.

The CFNS will work with eligible applications to identify new or existing funders to provide applicants with the local match. Remember that 50% of the full project cost still needs to be met through in-kind or financial support by the applicant.

For example – an initiative or project with a total expected cost of $30,000 could have the following sources of funding:

$15,000     Applicant/Community In-Kind or Financial Contribution

$7,500       National Contribution – Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

$,7500       Local Contribution – Facilitated by Applicant

$30,000  Total Funding

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

Please note: We are no longer accepting applications for this grant. The deadline for the last round of submissions was April 28th, 2017. We will be reviewing all applications and will communicate with approved recipients in the coming weeks.

The information gathered through the application process will not be made public, and will be shared with community foundations and the Government of Canada exclusively for purposes related to the Fund.