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Rural Canadian Guide to Programs and Services
Through the Community ACCESS-Ability program, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations offers community groups support in the form of cost sharing grants that allow for the creation of facilities to increase accessibility for persons with disabilities. This could include projects such as: ramps, barrier-free washrooms, power door operators, and audio signals.
Communities, Culture & Heritage
The Heritage Division is responsible for running many of Nova Scotia’s museums as well as providing other heritage services. This division of the Department of Tourism and Culture also offers a number of programs to support and promote community initiatives. These programs include the Community Museum Assistance Program, Heritage Property Program and Research Grants, Strategic Development Initiative for Museums, and Special Places Program.
The Culture Division has a variety of different program and initiatives at communities’ disposal to encourage and maintain the vibrant art communities that exist in Nova Scotia. There are funding and support programs available to communities and individuals.
Economic & Rural Development & Tourism
A key mandate of The Community Development Division at Nova Scotia Economic & Rural Development & Tourism is to build relationships and support the work of regional development authorities in their efforts to build on community assets and strengths. They can offer information on organizations dealing with community-based issues and resources on policies about the coordination between the province and communities. Also, the office provides information on setting up Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIF) for operating or investing in local business.
Through the Tourism Division, communities have access to a wide variety of resource materials and funding programs as well as other services to support tourism development.
Through Nova Scotia Health and Wellness programs, communities can receive assistance for the establishment or expansion of programs that promote physical activity. Such program may qualify for a funding grant to achieve this goal. Other materials are available to enable communities to better promote such activities.
The Department of Agriculture is concerned with a large share of the Nova Scotia economy. It also has many different programs that are available to local residents.
Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture provides services to the province's agriculture and fishing sectors –– two of the biggest economies in the province's coastal and rural regions. The Department has services and programs in place to support these two important sectors of our economy.
Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education works to protect the public and grow a safe and prosperous workforce focusing on safety, skill development, regulations, education and building partnerships.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation has a complete list of guidelines for the assistance of many Programs/Sectors, including: Principles for Commercial Projects, Principles for Non-Commercial Projects, Fixed Roof Accommodations, Tourism Attractions, Oil & Gas, Boat Building Sector, New Technology & Knowledge-Based, Aquaculture, Food Processing, Other Manufacturing & Processing, Human Resources, Marketing Assistance, Studies Assistance, Investment Prospecting & Trade Mission/Show, Non-Commercial Projects, Infrastructure Assistance as well as Ineligible Industries.
Canada Business provides quality resources to community groups involved in operating non-profit organizations. Their website provides information on registering your organization as well as financial information and other resources.
The Cooperative Development Initiative is the Government of Canada's new program to help people develop co-ops, and to research and test innovative ways of using the co-operative model. CDI will make the co-op option more readily available to Canadians, to respond to their present-day challenges.
The New Horizons for Seniors program provides funding (grants of up to $25,000 per project) for community based projects that encourage seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities.
Canada's Rural Secretariat is a catalyst to improve the tools, resources, and services available to rural communities in support of rural competitiveness and innovation.