Low Carbon Communities

The Low Carbon Communities program helps communities develop and advance innovative solutions in building efficiency, clean electricity and clean transportation. Applications are closed.

The Low Carbon Communities program supports community-led, innovative solutions to create long-lasting greenhouse gas reductions. The funding helps communities complete the preparatory work required to implement their projects.

Project Funding Categories

Projects should demonstrative positive and innovative low-carbon solutions in one of these categories:

  • building efficiency
  • clean electricity
  • clean transportation
  • education

The program will fund feasibility studies, design and planning, engagement and education activities, and implementation of projects. Please read through the full Program Description for details on project eligibility and funding.

All funded projects should be completed by 8 December 2022.

Who can apply

The program is open to community groups, municipalities, First Nations Bands, post-secondary institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations. Projects must benefit communities in Nova Scotia.

Funding amount

Low Carbon Communities funding will cover up to 75% of the total project cost.

Accessing the funding

Recipients will receive 90% of their funding at the start of their project and 10% after completing the project and submitting final reports.

How to apply

Please Note: Expression of Interest period for 2021-22 has closed.

  1. Read the program description and assessment criteria to determine if your project fits the program. Contact us if you have questions or want to discuss your project idea.
  2. Submit an Expression of Interest. The deadline to submit your Expression of Interest was 15 November 2021.

Staff will review Expressions of Interest and send an application form to eligible applicants.

Contact Information

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

Phone: 902-219-0264 or 902-717-7026
Email: lowcarboncommunities@novascotia.ca

Additional Resources

Low Carbon Communities program description
Low Carbon Communities assessment criteria
Low Carbon Communities sample application form (for reference)
Low Carbon Communities 2020-2021 grant recipients
Examples of potential funding & partners
LCC stakeholder presentation
Connect2 Program