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Low Carbon Communities Program

Grants to Nova Scotia Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs
and Agencies to Lower Emissions and Save Energy

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Grants to Nova Scotia nonprofits, for-profits, municipalities, IHEs, and First Nations for transportation, building, and community engagement projects that help to reduce emissions and save energy. Applicants must submit an expression of interest prior to applying. Grants are available in two categories: The Connect2 grant program, for transportation-based projects, and the Low Carbon Communities program for buildings, electricity, and community engagement.

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GrantWatch ID#: 171963

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Active Transportation Infrastructure and Design: Up to $100,000 per project
- Clean Fleets and Shared Mobility: Up to $75,000 per project
- Community Building and Engagement: Up to $50,000 per project

Low Carbon Communities:
- Advanced Buildings: Up to $75,000 per project
- Electricity: Up to $75,000 per project
- Community Building and Engagement: Up to $50,000 per project

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

LCC is open to municipalities, universities, First Nations Bands, and non-profit organizations that have community connected projects. Non-profits must be registered entities and all projects are encouraged to show support from partners and local communities through letters of support.

Connect2 is open to any type of organization registered under Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies that is seeking progressive and practical solutions to clean transportation issues in Nova Scotia.

The primary partner must be based in Nova Scotia, and ideally will be based in the community or region the project plans to serve.

Examples of LCC projects not eligible for support:
- Project is substantially a single large capital expense
- Project has not demonstrated strong community support
- Project does not materially advance the objectives of the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change

For examples of Connect2 projects not eligible for support, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest by September 13, 2019. You will receive an application form by e-mail from Department of Energy and Mines within 48 hours only if your EOI has been approved. The Program Coordinator may contact you with questions.

After receiving an application via e-mail, submit the completed application no later than September 20, 2019. Early application submission is highly encouraged.

AT infrastructure projects which have had studies or construction phases previously funded through the Connect2 program and are ready for construction in Summer / Fall 2019 are eligible for the Accelerated Stream. Please contact the office before July 3, 2019 to learn more.

Grants will cover up to 50% of eligible costs.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an Expression of Interest:


Low Carbon Communities
(902) 471-1277

Department of Energy and Mines
Joseph Howe Building 12th Floor
1690 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3J9

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Canada: Nova Scotia