Grants announced for poverty reduction projects

Fourty-nine projects in Nova Scotia will share a total of $600,000 in the first year of the Building Vibrant Communities grants program.

Not-for-profits, local governments, businesses, and educational institutions were able to apply for funding to help reduce poverty in their area.

Themes for this year were food security, youth transition, and transportation.

Eight local groups were among the recipients, including the Nova Scotia Native Women's Association, Colchester Transportation Cooperative, and Summer Street Industries Society.


2018 grant recipients

  • The Take Action Society, Greenhouse Interactive Education Centre, Halifax, $39,500
  • Antigonish Affordable Housing Society, Increasing community access to healthy food, Antigonish, $4,800
  • Antigonish Community Transit Society, Moving Antigonish Forward, Antigonish, $35,000
  • Bayers/Westwood Family Support Services Association, Halifax, $5,000
  • Canadian Mental Health Association-Kings, Grow Happy Food and Soup, Kentville, $50,000
  • Central Highlands Association of the Disabled, Breaking Down Transportation Barriers, New Glasgow, $5,000
  • Chebucto Community Development Association, Spryfield Successful Connections, Spryfield, $4,700
  • Colchester Transportation Cooperative, Breaking Down Transportation Barriers, Truro, $5,000
  • Cumberland County Transportation Services Society, Accessible Transportation in Cumberland County, Amherst, $5,000
  • Dartmouth Family Centre, Cultivating Change, Dartmouth, $40,000
  • East Hants Community Rider, Breaking Down Transportation Barriers, Elmsdale, $5,000
  • East Hants Family Resource Centre, Good Food, Fast!, Elmsdale, $5,000
  • Eastern Communities Youth Association, ECYA Youth Transition Program, Canso, Guysborough Co., $3,455
  • Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Literacy Association, Sheet Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality, $5,000
  • Educational Program Innovations Charity Society, Youth Employability Workshops, Sydney, $25,000
  • Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, The Garden Project, Dartmouth, $4,500
  • Empowering Beyond Barriers, Viking Pantry, Amherst, $3,910
  • Family Resource Centre of West Hants, Transportation Assistance, Windsor, $5,000
  • Feed Nova Scotia, Food Support for Homebound Individuals, Liverpool and Spryfield, $20,000
  • FOUND Forgotten Food, FOUND Fridays, Halifax, $4,956
  • Halifax Pride Committee, Safer Spaces for Youth, Halifax, $3,950
  • Halifax Public Libraries, FoodSmart, Halifax, $50,000
  • Imhotep's Legacy Academy, Imhotep's Legacy Academy Virtual School, Halifax, $5,000
  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Growing Strong Neighbourhoods, Halifax, $4,972
  • La Cooperative de Transport de Cheticamp Limitee, Breaking Down Transportation Barriers, Cheticamp, Inverness Co., $5,000
  • L'Arche Cape Breton Society, Sunflower Garden Program, Orangedale, Inverness Co., $5,000
  • LOVE: Leave Out Violence NS Society, LOVE to Succeed, Halifax, $32,000
  • MetroWorks Employment Association, Cooking For Our Future, Windsor, $20,000
  • MetroWorks Employment Association, Renters Ed, Halifax, $5,000
  • Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Society, Increasing Gina'masuti (knowledge), Halifax, $50,000
  • Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Society, Kitpu Wings, Halifax, $5,000
  • North End Community Health Association, MOSH Bike Project, Halifax, $5,000
  • Nova Scotia Native Women's Association, Food Security and Social, Truro, $5,000
  • Red Bear Healing Home Society, Red Bear Connects, Forest Glade, Annapolis Co., $5,000
  • Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, Healthy Body Healthy Mind, Halifax, $3,700
  • Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Centre, Preventing Period Poverty, Sheet Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality, $3,000
  • Shelburne County Youth Health & Support Association, Reaching Out, Shelburne, $5,000
  • Shelburne County Youth Health & Support Association, Food Security for Youth (Project Food), Shelburne, $23,375
  • Square Roots, Bundle Service and Token Program, Halifax, $5,000
  • St. Paul's Family Resource Institute, Building Roots for Tomorrow, Halifax, $5,000
  • Stepping Stone Association, Moving Forward' Portfolio Program, Halifax, $5,000
  • Summer Street Industries Society, Transportation for Wellness, New Glasgow, $5,000
  • The New Ross Family Resource Centre, New Ross Community Food Project, New Ross, Lunenburg Co., $4,947
  • Town Farm Co-op. Ltd., New Waterford Grow at Home, New Waterford, $25,500
  • Town of Shelburne, Community Garden, Shelburne, $3,500
  • Trans County Transportation Society, Breaking Down Barriers to Transport, Bridgetown, Annapolis Co., $5,000
  • Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield, Youth Action for Urban Farming, Spryfield, $4,785
  • Whitney Pier Youth Club, Project Boost, Cape Breton, $20,000
  • YWCA Halifax, Supportive Housing for Young Mothers Meal Program, Halifax, $5,000