Apply for funding to invest in employment opportunities in a municipality: Community Works Program

Municipalities can apply for funding from the Community Works Program to invest in employment opportunities for students, unemployed individuals and other interested individuals who contribute to their community. You can apply from 01 April to 01 June 2020.

Apply for funding to invest in employment opportunities in a municipality.

The Community Works Program helps municipalities invest in employment opportunities with a special focus on community projects.

Funding amount

The Community Works Program may fund up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $25,000 for each employment project. The applicant needs to fund the balance of the project costs. You can’t receive additional funding from other Government of Nova Scotia sources for this project.

Eligible employment costs

Eligible employment costs include:

  • tourism promotion (for example, tour guide or information booth staff)
  • completion of approved Beautification and Streetscaping Program project work
  • active community involvement in accessibility planning
  • implementation of community-focused projects that support existing plans, like a community master plan or municipal planning strategy

Examples of eligible employment costs for approved projects include:

  • community murals
  • beautification project labour
  • engagement coordinator (for focus groups)

Ineligible costs include administrative positions, subsidizing existing labour, purchasing equipment for project work, operating costs and ongoing maintenance costs.

Reporting requirements

If you receive funding from the Community Works Program, you need to submit a Community Works Program Final Report within 1 year of receiving the funds.

Returning funding

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing may ask that you return any funding you didn’t spend and any funding that was spent on items that weren’t part of the project. You also need to return the funding if you cancel the project.


Only municipalities can apply for funding. Villages can partner with their municipality on a joint application. The application needs to demonstrate how the employment opportunity will contribute to the community.

You need to train the employee you hire, as well as administer the appropriate human resources criteria.

Your municipality needs to have filed all reporting for any municipal, provincial or federal funding programs from the previous year with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing before applying for funding from the Community Works Program.

You need to apply for funding by 01 June 2020. Project costs are only eligible for funding if the money is spent within 1 year of the date the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing approves your funding.

How to apply

  1. Review detailed program criteria in the Community Works Program Guidelines.
  2. Starting 01 April 2020, apply online for the funding.
  3. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  4. Submit your completed application and supporting documents.
  5. Check your application status in the Grants Management System.

How long it takes

It should take 3 to 6 weeks for the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing to review your funding application and let you know if your funding application is approved. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.


There is no cost to apply for the funding.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • provided any relevant studies to support the project
  • partnered with your municipality if you’re a village

Apply online

When you apply online you need to know your Grants Management System username and password. You get these from the chief administrative officer (CAO) or clerk of your municipality. Or contact the Community Works Program.

Once you sign in to your Grants Management System account, you also need to upload any required supporting documents. You can do this by scanning the documents or taking pictures of them.

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