Low Carbon Communities 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, public engagement sessions, program promotion and demonstration projects.

Types of grants

The Low Carbon Communities Program includes the Connect2 program, and can support community projects in the following areas:

Connect2:

    Active Transportation (AT) Infrastructure and Design
    Projects in this category may include:
    • support for minimum bike grid infrastructure or design
    • minimum bike grid network plans
    • engineering or feasibility studies

    Grants of up to $100,000 per project are available in this category.

Note: AT infrastructure projects which have had studies or construction phases previously funded through the Connect2 program and are ready for construction in Summer / Fall 2019 are eligible for the Accelerated Stream. Please contact us at connect2@novascotia.ca before July 3, 2019 to learn more.

    Clean Fleets and Shared Mobility
    Projects in this category may include:
    • shared mobility services pilot projects
    • zero-emission fleet pilot projects
    • bicycle fleet pilot projects, including electric bikes
    • zero-emission vehicle fleet conversion strategies
    • zero-emission vehicle charging station deployment strategies

    Grants of up to $75,000 per project are available in this category.

    Community Building and Engagement
    Projects in this category may include:
    • municipal staff training, capacity building, or networks
    • education campaigns
    • marketing and communications
    • public engagement activities

    Grants of up to $50,000 per project are available in this category.


Low Carbon Communities:

    Advanced Buildings
    Projects in this category may include:
    • community building efficiency - non-electric (energy retrofit audits and design plans)
    • demonstration of deep energy retrofits and/or innovative heating systems
    • Building energy performance benchmarking, modeling, data collection, and analysis
    • advanced building designs and plans
    • building policy development, strategies, and implementation plans
    • Advanced building industry development

    Grants of up to $75,000 per project are available in this category.

    Electricity
    Projects in this category may include:
    • smart grids and storage
    • community or neighbourhood energy planning
    • new energy financing mechanisms
    • solar garden and solar feasibility studies
    • district energy planning and feasibility
    • project strategies and implementation plans

    Grants of up to $75,000 per project are available in this category.

    Community Building and Engagement
    Projects in this category may include:
    • municipal staff training, capacity building, or networks
    • education – energy literacy initiatives
    • marketing and communications – social marketing
    • public engagement activities
    • community energy conservation challenges

    Grants of up to $50,000 per project are available in this category.

To Apply

Step 1: Review the Low Carbon Communities or Connect2 Grant Program Description

Step 2: Submit a brief overview (Expression of Interest) of your project idea online by September 13, 2019.

Step 3: You will receive an application form by e-mail from Department of Energy and Mines within 48 hours only if your EOI has been approved. The Program Coordinator may contact you with questions.

Step 4: After receiving an application via e-mail, submit the completed application no later than September 20, 2019. Early application submission is highly encouraged.

  • Please do not send scanned applications or hard copies.
  • Video and Visual Materials are encouraged.

All applications will be reviewed following the September 20, 2019 deadline. Approved projects will be awarded in Fall 2019.


Questions?

Contact the Program Coordinator at lowcarboncommunities@novascotia.ca 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: 902-424-4162 (Connect2)
Email: connect2@novascotia.ca

Phone: 902-471-1277 (Low Carbon Communities)
Email: lowcarboncommunities@novascotia.ca

Downloads

Connect2 Program Description

Low Carbon Community Program Description

Low Carbon Communities grants recipients