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.
Only not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Individuals and businesses are ineligible.
County General Grants
The County General Grants program supports community activities in four categories:
- Capital Projects - applicants can apply for up to 50% of the costs of a capital construction project.
- Operation and Maintenance - applicants can apply for up to 20% of annual operations and maintenance costs to a maximum of $3,000.
- Programs - applicants can apply for up to 30% of the costs of a program/service, to a maximum of $5,000.
- Special Events and Initiatives - applicants can apply for up to 30% of the costs of a special event/initiative, to a maximum of $5,000.
In exceptional circumstances, where the need is clear and urgent, Council may decide to approve funding greater than the maximum percentages and limits described in the table above.
Requests above $3,000 - The normal deadline for applications for funding more than $3,000 is March 31st. In exceptional circumstances, an application for funding in excess of $3,000 may be accepted after March 31st if the project could not reasonably have been anticipated prior to the deadline (e.g. emergency repairs).
Requests below $3,000 - Grant requests for less than $3,000 do not have a deadline, and may be taken to council throughout the year, although they are still dependent on what remains in the budget.
Final Project Report Form
At the completion of the project, all grant recipients are required to submit a Final Project Report Form.
Forms & Guidelines
Please submit your General County Grant application to:
Municipality of Cumberland
Attn: Peter McCracken
Upper Nappan Service Centre
1395 Blair Lake Road
Upper Nappan, NS B4H 3Y4
2023-24 County General Grant Recipients
Each Councillor (8) and the Mayor is provided $10,000 per fiscal year to allocate to projects within their communities. Eligible projects may receive up to $3,000 and applications are received throughout the year until funding is depleted. Please contact your local Councillor or Mayor for more information and to submit your application.
Application & Guidelines
The following documents show a full listing of grants provided to organizations by the Municipality of Cumberland for the corresponding fiscal year: