Support for communities coast to coast to coast

We are 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) across Nova Scotia.

Launched on May 19, 2020, we’ve invested $1.12M through the ECSF towards local charities and qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis.


The following is a list of successful applicants from the first and second rounds of funding:

OrganizationProjectAmount Granted
Adsum Association for Women & ChildrenRenovations at Adsum House shelter for social distancing and safety$15,000
Adsum for Women & ChildrenRapid rehousing for women and trans$73,715
Association of Black Social WorkersABSW/HAAC COVID-19 Provincial Impact Toll-Free Line$75,000
Association of Black Social Workers on Behalf of East Preston Empowerment Academy  Supporting our Marginalized Adult Learners through Online/Virtual Services$12,000
Autism Nova ScotiaCritical Technology Needs to adapt to the “New Normal”$62,400
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater HalifaxE-Mentoring$75,000
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater HalifaxYouth drop-in program$65,000
Canadian National Institute for the BlindCNIB Virtual Programming-Addressing isolation during COVID-19$75,000
Chebucto Links Senior Support AssociationOnline and Socially Distanced Communications, Programs and Services for Seniors$19,000
Childhood Cancer CanadaEmergency Fund for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Cancer$27,500
Cobequid Arts CouncilPreparation and implementation of the “New Normal”$34,407
Crohn’s and ColitisCOVID-19 and IBD: Webinars and Resources$8,000
Crohn’s and Colitis CanadaCommunity Outreach and Support$1,500
Dartmouth General Hospital FoundationUniting to Protect African Nova Scotians from COVID-19$30,000
Family SOS AssociationSummer Program Support$10,000
Halifax Transition House Association (HTHA) (Bryony House Shelter)Safe spaces for women & children fleeing intimate partner violence$15,000 Digital Mental Health Education Program Expansion in Nova Scotia$19,759
Live DifferentLive Different Circles$10,000
March of Dimes CanadaSocial Connect$40,000
New Boundaries SocietyFurniture and supplies accommodations due to Covid-19, 2020$3,500
Nova Scotia Hospice and Palliative Care AssociationAdvance Care Planning in Nova Scotia$75,000
Scleroderma CanadaScleroderma Self-Care/Care Halifax Community Support Program$37,298
St. Leonard’s Society of Nova Scotia operating as Shelter Nova ScotiaMetro Turning Point COVID Wellness Renovation$75,000
The Lung Association of Nova ScotiaChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Virtual Support Group$50,000
The North GroveEmergency Food Community Kitchen$26,951
The Ship’s Company Theatre SocietyPlay-making for Rural Youth$35,650
The Shoe ProjectCOVID & Us: Immigrants in Pandemic$7,000
Undercurrent youth centersOnline art, music, and science$5,500
Vedanta Ashram SocietyInternational Students – Help – COVID 19$38,000
Veterans Transition Network / R?seau de Transition des V?t?ransOperation Outreach$10,000
Victoria Hall Society (VHS)Enhanced Services$5,000
YMCA of Greater Halifax/DartmouthReopening Community: A YMCA Health and Safety Plan$75,000
AIDS Coalition of Nova ScotiaACNS HIV+ Support Services – COVID Edition$13,347
Avalon Sexual Assault CentreSexual Assault Initial Response Service$50,000
Boys & Girls Club of PrestonAfrican Nova Scotia Cohort$25,000
Canadian Paraplegic Association (Nova Scotia)CPA (NS) Virtual Service Delivery -Strengthening Regional Capacity and Representation$23,648
Dartmouth Child Development CentreDCDC’s Healthy Kitchen$21,000
Dartmouth Learning Network SocietyTransitioning to Blended & Online Learning$40,000
Every Woman’s Centre AssociationA Helping Hand$25,000
Halifax Refugee Clinic AssociationBridging the Digital Divide For Refugee Claimants During Covid-19$34,500
Halifax Transition House Association (HTHA) (Bryony House Shelter)Innovation while Supporting Individuals Leaving Situations of Intimate Partner Violence.$30,230
John McNeil Elementary SchoolWellness and Literacy Support in Dartmouth North$7,200
Laing HouseWeekend Wellness with Laing House$15,000
MacPhee Centre for Creative LearningCommunity Outreach Project$15,000
Phoenix Youth ProgramsSupporting basic needs during crisis$30,000
Regional Independent Students Association (RISA)Support Our Essential Youth Support Workers$10,000
St. Leonard’s Society of Nova Scotia operating as Shelter Nova ScotiaSir Sandford Fleming House COVID Dignity and Safety Snugs Renovation$25,000
The Discovery Centre“Why Immunize – Seniors Outreach and Education”$30,000
The John Howard Society of Nova ScotiaSupport Through the Cold Months$20,000
The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia (Holistic Responses)Holistic Responses$12,115
The Youth ProjectRaising Bridges: Developing Culturally Relevant Programs 2SQTBIPOC Youth$10,000
YWCA Halifax (Young Women’s Christian Association of Halifax)Safe and Sound: Financial Support to Exit Violence$30,000

We invite you to watch the video below to see some of the amazing initiatives that were supported in the first round of funding. 

Links from the video:

Emergency Community Support Fund

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