Low Carbon Communities and Connect2 program

Support is available for transportation, buildings, electricity and other projects that have the potential to reduce emissions. Funding can be used for community planning, feasibility studies, learning by doing, public engagement sessions, program promotion and demonstration projects.

Low Carbon Communities – Project Categories

Advanced Buildings

Projects under this category may include:

  • Energy audits and design plans for community buildings (non-electric)
  • Deep energy retrofits and/or innovative heating systems
  • Benchmarking, modeling, data analysis that informs energy efficiency measures
  • Advanced building design and plans

Low Carbon Communities will provide grants of up to $75,000 per project in this category.

Clean Electricity & Energy Transformation

Projects under this category may include:

  • Plans and feasibility studies for: smart grids & storage, district energy, and/or solar & solar gardens.
  • New energy financing mechanisms
  • Community or neighbourhood energy planning
  • Project strategies and implementation plans

Low Carbon Communities will provide grants of up to $75,000 per project in this category.

Connect2 – Project Categories

Active Transportation Infrastructure & Design

Projects under this category may include:

  • Tactical urbanism that test approaches to design and infrastructure with temporary installation of bike lanes, public space and active transportation routes
  • Support for minimum bike grid infrastructure or design
  • Minimum bike grid network plans
  • Engineering or feasibility studies
Connect2 will provide grants of up to $100,000 per project in this category.

Clean Fleets and Shared Mobility

Projects under this category may include: 

  • Shared mobility services pilot projects
  • Bicycle fleet pilot projects
  • Zero-emission fleet pilot projects (max. $15,000/vehicle within grant request)
  • Zero Emission Vehicle strategies
Connect2 will provide grants of up to $75,000 per project in this category. 

Low Carbon Communities & Connect2 Program – Shared Project Category:

Capacity Building and Community Engagement

Projects under this category may include:

  • Municipal staff training, capacity building, or networks
  • Education – energy literacy initiatives
  • Marketing and communication – social marketing and support for existing low-carbon programs
  • Public engagement activities
  • Community energy conservation challenges and other education and awareness campaigns

Community Building and Engagement will provide grants of up to $50,000 per project in this category.

Low Carbon Communities: Connect2:

Catherine Chase at 902-424-4073, or lowcarboncommunities@novascotia.ca

Gabrielle Riley Gallagher at 902-424-8090, Salima Medouar at 902-717-7026 or connect2@novascotia.ca

Contact Information

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

Phone: 902-424-8090 or 902-717-7026 (Connect2)
Email: connect2@novascotia.ca

Phone: 902-424-4073 (Low Carbon Communities)
Email: lowcarboncommunities@novascotia.ca

Additional Resources

LCC/C2 2020 Stakeholder Presentation

LCC/C2 Program Description

LCC/C2 Assessment Criteria

2019 – 2020 Low Carbon Communities and Connect2 grant recipients

LCC/C2 Reference ONLY Application

LCC/C2 other Potential Funders