Apply for a Grant

Information for Grant Recipients
Organizations receiving funding from the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia are required to:

  1. Use the RCFofNS logo on all announcements, promotions, and activities for the funded project.   round logo horizontal logo
  2. Hold a vital conversation upon completion of the project.

Apply for a Grant
Current Granting Programs:

Joan Feynman Climate Change Grants Program

Is My Organization Eligible to Apply?
To be eligible for funding from the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia:

“Rural communities” excludes the urban areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality (Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford) and Sydney.

A volunteer granting committee evaluates applications in accordance with the specific criteria outlined in the granting program’s guidelines. While every application is reviewed carefully, not all are recommended for funding. The successful applicants are approved by the full RCFofNS Board of Directors upon the recommendations of the committee.

These granting programs have been offered in the past:
All these granting programs are currently closed.

The Rural Leadership Initiative Grant Program

The Rural Leadership Initiative Grant program has to date, provided $113,921 in funds for projects which:
  • Seek to improve understanding of issues facing rural communities in Nova Scotia

  • Offer Solutions to problems and challenges of rural Nova Scotia

  • Create an environment that enhances and sustains rural Nova Scotia


The Rural Innovation Program

This program has been completed and is now closed.

The Rural Innovation Grant Program provided $425,090 in funds which allowed rural Nova Scotians to develop new and innovative solutions to local and regional concerns. It was made possible by an investment by the province of Nova Scotia to help rural communities become more resilient and sustainable.