Low Carbon Communities

The Low Carbon Communities (LCC) Program supports community-led, innovative solutions to create long-lasting greenhouse gas reductions. The program provides funding for projects that support low-carbon solutions in buildings, electricity and transportation. Project funding helps communities complete the preparatory work required to implement their projects.

Projects can include testing new ideas, applying best practices, increasing knowledge or enhancing equity and accessibility. You can submit an expression of interest until 24 June 2024.

Funding categories

Projects should support low-carbon solutions in one of the following categories:

  • clean buildings
  • clean electricity
  • clean transportation
  • clean energy education

Funding amount

The Low Carbon Communities Program provides up to 75% of total project eligible costs. Projects can only receive up to the maximum funding amount for their project funding category.

Category Maximum funding
Clean buildings $75,000
Clean electricity $75,000
Clean transportation $75,000
Clean energy education $50,000

Accessing the funding

The Low Carbon Communities Program provides 90% of the funding at the start of the project. Recipients receive the remaining funding when they complete the project and submit final reports.

Who can apply

Municipalities, First Nations bands and organizations, registered non-profits, post-secondary institutions and businesses can apply. Projects must demonstrate a benefit to communities in Nova Scotia.

Deadline or important dates

Expression of interest deadline: 24 June 2024
Application deadline: 22 July 2024
Project completion and final report deadline: 31 October 2025

How to apply

  1. Review the Program Guide (PDF) to determine if your project is eligible (contact the Low Carbon Communities Program if you have questions, need support or want to discuss your project).
  2. Submit an expression of interest.
  3. Department of Natural Resources Renewables reviews your expression of interest and sends you an application form if you're eligible.
  4. Complete the application form.
  5. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  6. Send your completed application and supporting documents by email to lowcarboncommunities@novascotia.ca.

Contact

Low Carbon Communities
Department of Natural Resources and Renewables
Joseph Howe Building 12th Floor
1690 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J9

lowcarboncommunities@novascotia.ca

Additional resources

Low Carbon Communities Program Guide (PDF)
Low Carbon Communities General Information Presentation (PDF)
Low Carbon Communities Grant Recipients - 2023-2024 (PDF)
Community Solar Program
Connect2 Program
Sustainable Communities Challenge Fund