1. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  2. Financial help and social supports
  3. Emergency Support for Arts and Culture Organizations

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Emergency Support for Arts and Culture Organizations

This program provides immediate funding to arts and cultural organizations in Nova Scotia that have been affected by COVID-19. The funding helps them stay in operation so they can maintain or restart activity under current public health guidelines. The application deadline is 7 December 2020.


To apply for Emergency Support for Arts and Culture Organizations, your organization must be either:

  • a current Culture and Heritage Development or Arts Nova Scotia operating client
  • a registered not-for-profit cultural or arts organization that has received project funding from the Culture and Heritage Development Division or Arts Nova Scotia in the past 3 years (2017-2020)


You can apply for up to $75,000.

Financial assistance will be considered for plans that:

  • maintain the organization’s operations
  • adapt spaces to meet public health guidelines
  • generate activity under current public health guidelines

The amount of funding will be based on the organization’s annual budget and its plan for recovering from the effects of COVID-19, as well as the program’s available budget.

Eligible expenses

Funding from this program is to cover operational cash flow up to 31 March 2021.

The program doesn’t cover:

  • debts from before the COVID-19 pandemic
  • non-recoverable losses because of COVID-19
  • operating costs beyond 31 March 2021
  • building or capital expenses

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form (PDF 486 kB) and required supporting documents.
  2. Submit your application by email by 7 December 2020.

Before you start

When you apply, you need to include:

  • a proposal explaining how you’ll use the funding, and how you’ll follow and adapt to public health guidelines
  • a balance sheet showing assets, liabilities and equity as of 2 November 2020
  • an income statement signed by an authorized representative
  • projected cash flow for the period ending 31 March 2021


Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage


Susan Jeffries:

Briony Carros:

Stacey Oxner: