Community Capacity Building Program - Rural Growth Initiative

The purpose of the Community Capacity Building Program is to cultivate high levels of strategic expertise to support rural communities to identify solutions for complex problems.

Funding for 2022-23 is fully committed. Applications for 2023/24 will be available beginning April 1, 2023. 

Who is eligible for funding assistance?

  1. Incorporated non-profit organizations which have a mandate for community and/or economic development.
  2. Non-profit cooperatives that do not share dividends.
  3. Municipal governments.
  4. Band councils (or their development agency)

What funding assistance is available?

Under the Community Capacity Building Program, financial assistance is in the form of a non-repayable contribution, normally to a maximum contribution of 50 per cent of eligible costs up to $20,000 per application. The client should normally contribute a monetary minimum of ten per cent of the total project cost (in kind ineligible). Federal and Provincial funding cannot normally exceed 75 per cent of the total project costs.

What are the eligible activities?

  • Professional planning-related training services – To develop the planning capacity of organizations.
  • Professional services to develop regional economic development plans – To provide regions with a roadmap towards growth.
  • Professional services to develop strategic, operational, communication, sustainability, and infrastructure development plans – To provide organizations with a roadmap towards growth.
  • Professional services for completing community-based research – To assist organizations in identifying root-case issues related to development, propose  strategic solutions, and establish regional economic development goals.
  • Professional training services for policy capacity development – To increase rural youth’s and organization’s capacity to develop sound policy research skills to influence decision-making.
  • Other professional training services for organization development – (e.g. grant management training, strategic communications training, etc.)

What are considered ineligible activities?

  • Costs of an organization’s core operations (including wages).
  • Costs related to infrastructure.
  • Activities which are not targeted at rural areas.

How do I submit an application?

Completed applications may be submitted to the attention of the Community Development Officer (contact information below). Please include the program name in the subject line.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact a Community Development Officer prior to preparing an application for funding:

Location Officer Phone Number E-mail
West Prince Ellen Rennie 902-853-0104
East Prince/Central Queens Kellie Mulligan 902-887-3975
Evangeline Giselle Bernard (bilingual) 902-854-3680
Southern Kings/Queens Sonia Dixon 902-838-0618
Eastern Kings Chris Blaisdell 902-208-0032
Published date: 
April 6, 2018