Accessibility Tools

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

Department - Organization: FireSmart Canada
Description: Please share with your local fire departments or other applicable groups. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national campaign that encourages citizens to take actions that increase their home, neighbourhood and community’s resilience to wildfire. Groups can apply for a $500 award to fund their Prep Day events.
Deadline: January 31st, 2024

Fighting and Managing Wildfires in a Changing Climate Program

Department - Organization: Natural Resources Canada
Description: The program supports training and the procurement of firefighting equipment to increase capacity for fire management across Canada. Municipalities are listed as eligible under the Training Fund, and not the Equipment Fund. Funding to train 1,000 new community-based firefighters, to reduce the risk from wildfire and support community-based capacity.
Deadline: February 1st, 2024

Enhanced Road Safety Transfer Payment Program

Department - Organization: Transport Canada 
Description: The program provides funding to support initiatives that contribute to a safe and secure transportation system. The ERSTPP aims to reduce road-related collisions, injuries, and fatalities, and encourage harmonization with provincial and territorial road safety initiatives through funding projects that help create nationally consistent tools that address road safety challenges. 
  • education and training, building enforcement capacity
  • collection of uniform, complete, timely road safety-related information and data
  • research activities to develop public policy development, revise non-federal safety regulations, etc.
  • development and improvement of current technology to promote a safer road transportation system
  • outreach activities, communication, cooperation, and collaboration among road safety stakeholders
Deadline: February 8, 2024

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Grant Program

Department - Organization: Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia/ with support from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Description: The goal of this program is to increase the number of AEDs installed in sports and recreation facilities in Nova Scotia. Through this grant program owners or managing partners of sport and recreation facilities can be eligible to receive up to 1/2 the total cost of the purchase of an AED or replacement batteries or pads for AEDs purchased through the program to a maximum of $1,500.00 (taxes Included).
Deadline: February 15th (Annually)

Communities at Risk: Expanded Security Infrastructure Program

Department - Organization: Public Safety Canada
Description: This program is not for municipally owned community centers.  Please share widely with the non-profit-run community and recreation centers in your municipalities. The program supports safety infrastructure, such as alarm systems, security personnel, graffiti spray, reinforced windows and doors, fire monitoring, and completion of security vulnerability assessments. Previous hate-motivated events do have to have previously occurred to be eligible.
Deadline: Applications are accepted continuously until March 31, 2024.

Disaster Financial Assistance

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Emergency Management Office)
Description: The Disaster Financial Assistance program can help municipalities get back on their feet after a major storm or natural disaster. This program helps with losses that aren’t covered by insurance. This can include structural damage and damage to uninsurable items. The amount of financial assistance is determined based on the circumstances, but Disaster Financial Assistance can cover damage up to $200,000.
Deadline: Continuous intake, based on the date of the disaster.

Civil Forfeiture Grant Program

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Department of Justice, Public Safety and Security
Description: The Civil Forfeiture Grant Program provides one-time funding to organizations that support eligible victims of crime and targeted crime prevention initiatives across Nova Scotia. The Program is funded from the disposition of forfeited property seized by law enforcement agencies. 
Example(s): The Two Peas in a Pod mentorship program targets at-risk youth who may be vulnerable to becoming involved in gang activities. This program matches at-risk youth with a peer mentor to spend 2-3 hours per week to engage in pro-social activities such as sport, tutoring and volunteering. It is expected that 30 youth in this program will become more engaged with their schoolwork and family.
Deadline: Continuous intake

Currently Closed Funding, Next Intake TBD:

Emergency Services Provider Fund

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: The Emergency Services Provider Fund offers financial help to fire departments and ground search and rescue organizations, including hazardous materials (HAZMAT) organizations. The funding is for equipment that’s used directly in response to a fire or emergency. The Emergency Services Provider Fund may fund up to 75% of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000.
Example(s): Eligible costs include: personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), communications equipment, miscellaneous fire fighting equipment, rescue equipment, water supply and suppression equipment, HAZMAT equipment, emergency power for building.
Deadline: Organizations can only receive funding once every 3 years. Previously June 2023, new date TBD.

Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program (FRIIP)

Department - Organization: NS Dept of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Description: To reduce flooding in vulnerable communities. The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program promotes investment in infrastructure needed to protect communities from flooding. Municipalities can apply for funding from the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program to support studies needed to understand flooding or the construction of infrastructure to protect against floods.
Example(s): River training, floodwater containment, studies on mapping and flood impacts.
Deadline: Previously June 2023, new date TBD.

Community Resilience Fund

Department - Organization: Public Safety Canada
Description: The Community Resilience Fund provides financial support to organizations working to improve Canada's understanding and capacity to prevent and counter violent extremism. The fund supports research, programming, and evaluation. Networking, including network and coalition building (e.g., conferences, workshops and seminars).
Example(s): British Columbia Government Office of Crime Reduction: The Shift program is a civilian-led program delivered in partnership with municipal governments, community stakeholders, and law enforcement to prevent radicalization to violence in the province, by engaging vulnerable individuals and developing intervention strategies tailored to the person. The project aims to help establish and support multi-agency hubs in British Columbia that connect at-risk individuals with local counselling, social services, or other tools in keeping with key disengagement strategies for those who may be at risk of adopting violent ideologies.
Deadline: Currently closed. The next open call for applications is TBD.

If you can't find a grant that suits your needs, please reach out. Similarly, if you are applying to any of the listed opportunities, I am readily available to provide assistance throughout the application process.

Lucy MacLeod

Lucy MacLeod,
Fund Navigator