Grant Programs

The Municipality of Cumberland recognizes the important contribution that volunteer organizations make to the sustainability of our communities and our County and wishes to support their efforts by providing financial assistance when that is necessary.  This program may be used to support any type of activity that benefits the community including recreation, health and healthy living, social opportunities and community service, stewardship of the environment, education and life-long learning, community economic development & tourism, heritage, culture, and creative arts.

Three grant programs are available through the Municipality of Cumberland

For full details on the Grants Policy please click here 

Requests above $3,000: Deadline is March 31st.

Requests below $3,000: Apply anytime – earlier is better as funding is dependent on budget

Only not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply and must be incorporated (normally with the NS Registry of Joint Stocks, but alternative incorporation status will be considered). For requests of less than $3,000, unincorporated organizations may work under the umbrella of an incorporated organization; in this case, the incorporated organization must be the applicant.

Individuals and businesses are unable to apply for grants.

 

Local Grants

Local grants support projects and are categorized by district. Each member of council is allotted $10,000 per fiscal year. These grants are intended to support projects below $3,000.

To apply, use the form below and submit to your District Councillor or the Mayor. Your Councillor or Mayor will check to ensure the form is complete and will deliver it to the CAO’s Office, along with their recommendation.

 

Local Grant fillable PDF form 

 

Regional Grants

The Regional Grants Program supports community activities in four categories: Capital construction, renovations, and major repairs Operation and maintenance Programs Special events and initiatives – e.g. one-time projects, planning, training, marketing & promotion.

For full details on the Regional Grants Program please click here 

 

Category Brief explanation Possible funding General limit
Capital Construction, Renovations and Major Repairs Projects which involve construction of a new indoor or outdoor community facility, or renovations or major repairs to an existing one. 50% of total cost N/A
Operation and Maintenance Assistance with the costs of operating and maintaining indoor or outdoor community facilities which provide services and benefits to residents of Cumberland County. 20% of total annual operating costs of the facility (excluding programming) $3,000
Programs Assist organizations with the costs of providing ongoing programs or services for the benefit of the community.  30% of total budget for a program $5,000
Special Events and Initiatives Used to offset costs associated with hosting an annual special event or festival.  It may also apply to new or one-time programs or events, or special initiatives that an organization may undertake from time to time such as (but not limited to) the development of a master plan, engineering or design work for a facility or trail, marketing & promotion, or hosting an event, conference or training workshop. 30% of total cost of the program or event $5,000

 

Final Project Report Form

For accountability purposes, all recipients of grants from the Municipality of Cumberland are required to provide accurate financial documents demonstrating how their grant money was spent from the previous year, and to demonstrate that the project (activity, facility, or event) approved by Council was actually carried out as described in the application.  For your convenience, we have provided a “Final Project Financial Report Form” below (as referred to in the application guidelines under “Payment of Grants”).  If desired, a final report other than this one can be submitted, provided that it contains all the information requested in the Form.

Final Project Report Forms should be submitted along with (or ahead of) grant applications being submitted for the 2022-23 fiscal year. Deadline March 31

**NOTE: For those not applying for funding in the 2022-2023 fiscal year, please be aware that a Final Project Report Form will be required before any future funding.

To submit your application and for inquiries please contact the Clerks Office at: 

Mail:     

Municipality of Cumberland
Upper Nappan Service Centre
1395 Blair Lake Road
Upper Nappan, Nova Scotia, B4H 3Y4
Attention: Shelley Hoeg-Eaton

Email:   

Phone: 902-297-3989 

 

 

Regional Grant fillable PDF Form

Final Report fillable PDF Form

 

Annual Funding

In some situations an annual funding program may be considered for special case and large initiatives. If you have a project you feel might fall into this extraordinary funding program, please contact the Clerks Office at:

Mail:   

Municipality of Cumberland
Upper Nappan Service Centre
1395 Blair Lake Road
Upper Nappan, Nova Scotia, B4H 3Y4
Attention: Shelley Hoeg-Eaton 

Email:   

Phone: 902-297-3989

 

Grant Expenditures

The following documents show a full listing of grants provided to organizations by the Municipality of Cumberland for the corresponding fiscal year:

2020/21 

2019/20

2018/19

2017/18

2016/17