Soaring Eagle Grant Program

RCFofNS Soaring Eagle Fund 2022 Fine Arts Grants

  GRANT OBJECTIVES The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia Soaring Eagle Fund 2022 Fine Arts Grants are for individuals identifying as S2LGBTQ+ or those working within the S2LGBTQ+ communities. The 2022 fine arts grants are up to one thousand dollars per project. These grants are designed to support fine arts projects in rural Nova[…]

Vital Conversations: RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, 2021

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is a national effort to support youth leadership and tackle urgent local needs. The Challenge provides grants to youth-led projects, and supports Vital Conversations that bring youth and other community members together to discuss the future of their communities. Vital Conversations can increase community engagement, connect local organizations and[…]

Healthy Communities Initiative: Round 2 is Now Open

The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to support communities as they create and adapt public spaces to respond to the new realities of COVID-19. The second round of the Healthy Communities Initiative is now open. Funding of $5,000 to $250,000 is available for projects that help create[…]

RCFofNS 2021 Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the RCFofNS Annual General Meeting May 20, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30pm Held Virtually with Zoom Business Portion (1:00 – 1:30pm): Call to Order, Roll call a. Approval of Agenda b. Approval of Minutes from May 21, 2020 AGM c. Financial Report and Appointment of Auditors – Marta Anderson d. Investment Report[…]

Joan Feynman Climate Change Fund

Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCFofNS) is pleased to offer Joan Feynman Climate Change (formerly Community Sparks Fund) Grants for climate change related projects throughout Nova Scotia. These small matching grants are designed to support innovative, community-based action and to promote environmentally sustainable, socially supportive, and economically thriving communities. The funded projects will meet[…]

2021 Fund for Gender Equality Grants

TRURO – Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCFofNS) will provide Gender Equality grants totalling over $155,000 to six organizations dedicated to supporting women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals working towards a future grounded in equity, inclusion and justice.   The Fund for Gender Equality is part of a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada,[…]

Emergency Community Support Fund: Rounds 1 and 2

Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  in areas of Rural Nova Scotia impacted by COVID-19. Round 1 of ECSF was distributed over the summer and Round 2 launched on October 5, 2020.[…]

Art Gallery: RCFofNS Youth Art Contest Winners

Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is excited to show you all the wonderful artwork made by Nova Scotia Youth. To see the art gallery and the announcement of the winners, check out our video. Congratulations to the contest winners: Sadie Stead, age 6 from Enfield NS Yiyi Guan, age 7 from Greenwood NS Amy[…]

RCFofNS Youth Art Contest: What Do You Love About Rural Nova Scotia?

The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is excited to announce an art contest specifically for the Youth of Nova Scotia. “We want you to show us what you love about living in and visiting rural Nova Scotia through art!” says Eirinn Fraser, Director of Fund Development, Engagement and Communications. Nova Scotia youth aged 2[…]

Converting Land Into Community Well Being in Rural Nova Scotia

TRURO – There is now a way that landowners, both Nova Scotian and non-resident, can contribute to the future of our rural communities by donating property. The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is now accepting land and property gifts as part of their fund development strategy, in order to raise funds that will support[…]

Revitalizing Rural Nova Scotia Through Youth-led Innovations

TRURO – Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia, in partnership with RBC Future Launch Community Challenge and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) has given $90,000 to seven youth-led projects that will help sustain and enrich their communities in rural Nova Scotia. The grants are being made to youth-led projects in 150 small and medium sized[…]

2018 AGM: Creating New Collaborations in Rural Nova Scotia

Throughout 2017, the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia became more deeply engaged with the communities we serve. We explored new approaches and learned valuable lessons that will continue to guide us. At our AGM on May 31, 2018 at NSCC Truro, we heard presentations on five projects that received funding from RCF’s Rural Vitality[…]

Nova Scotia’s Rural Communities are Tuning in to Philanthropy

For Immediate Release- Date: March 7, 2018.   Why is philanthropy important to Nova Scotia’s rural communities? How do rural Nova Scotians view philanthropy? What difference can community foundations make in rural Nova Scotia? The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCF) has recently been engaging with rural Nova Scotians in order to answer these questions.[…]

Meeting Rural Challenges With Energy and Imagination: RCF AGM 2017

TRURO – 2016 was an important year of growth and development for the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCF). Our work, effectively led by the Board, has been largely carried out by RCF’s committees, and each delivered on their mandates, and more. The Fund Development Committee continued its work on the creation of grant[…]

Empowering Leaders at Both Ends of the Rural Spectrum: RCF AGM 2016

Nurturing rural leadership rekindles communities. At the Annual General Meeting of the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCF) on June 7 at NSCC Truro, RCF grant recipients shared their experiences on how their projects create and inspire leaders at both ends of the rural spectrum: seniors and youth. Anna Roch gave an overview of[…]

St. Paul’s Island Lighthouse: A Fine Example of Community Action

On a sunny and windy August day in 2012, a dream came true for many residents of Dingwall in northern Cape Breton. A long missed lighthouse came home. St. Paul’s Island Lighthouse is Canada’s only federally designated “heritage” lighthouse on any of Canada’s three oceans. Originally built in 1915, it is also the first cast[…]

RCF Database Links the Ways With the Means in Rural Nova Scotia

Rural communities know the way, but they need the means. A database will connect worthwhile projects with the people who can help. Arthur Bull, vice chair of Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia (RCF) says that people in small towns and rural communities have the skills and know-how to get ahead, they just need a[…]

Don’t Write Off Rural Nova Scotia Just Yet

By Teresa MacNeil, Chair, Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald, February 13, 2015 Perhaps Herald columnist John DeMont didn’t intend to ignite a debate about the inevitable disappearance of rural Nova Scotia (“Bleak future for rural communities: The real hollowing-out of Nova Scotia countryside is just beginning,” Feb. 4) Perhaps his need to[…]