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Community Compass Grant

$150,000 in grants making an impact here at home

Each year, our grant program provides funding for social enterprise and co-operative initiatives that create a measurable social and/or environmental impact on our local communities. Program opens again September 2024. Be sure to check back for application program dates. 

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Fostering sustainable change

How to apply for funding

Our 2023 Community Compass Grant Program has now closed for the season. Check out our winners in the video above. Stay tuned as we follow their projects in 2024. 

Applications for this program will open again in the fall of 2024.

About the program

Who can apply?

The Community Compass Grant provides $150,000 in total funding for projects or programs that create a measurable social or environmental impact in our local communities. Open to social enterprises and co-operatives, our grant is designed to foster sustainable changes here at home.

Eligible businesses must:

  • Be a registered co-operative or social enterprise
  • Be registered in or operate in Nova Scotia

Frequently asked questions

What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is a revenue-generating organization that could encompass either a charitable organization or a for-profit company. It has two goals: to achieve social, cultural, community economic, and/or environmental outcomes and to earn revenue. Operating as a business, a social enterprise manages its operations and leverages the power of the marketplace to redirect surplus funds toward these identified goals.

What is a registered co-coperative?

A co-operative is an association of persons (organization) that is owned and controlled by the people to meet their common economic, social, and/or cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled business (enterprise). To be considered under this application, your organization must be registered as a co-operative with the CRA and follow co-operative principles within your operations.

How much money could I get?

Applicants will be asked to select a level of funding in the following allotments:

  • $10,000 The Explorer
  • $15,000 The Discoverer
  • $20,000 The Navigator
  • $40,000 The Trailblazer
I am neither a social enterprise or a registered co-operative. Does this mean I can't apply?

Yes, it does. However, there are other funding opportunities that you may qualify for. Be sure to check out our Donations and Sponsorship page to apply for other community funding opportunities today!


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