Culture Innovation Fund

Culture Innovation Fund


The Culture Innovation Fund invests in initiatives and projects that use creativity and Nova Scotia’s diverse culture to address social issues and opportunities within communities.

The fund also supports initiatives that strengthen the role of Nova Scotia’s museums and libraries.

Culture innovation

Culture innovation is about using culture and creative expression in new and better ways to create value. Nova Scotia’s broad and diverse culture includes the arts, music, heritage, languages, cultural identities, diversity, recreation, museums, libraries, traditions, food, spirituality and much more. In the scope of this grant, innovation means the project is daring, collaborative and new.


Your organization must be:

  • a non-profit society, non-profit co-operative or social enterprise registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  • a Nova Scotia or community museum or library

African Nova Scotian, First Nations, and newcomer, immigrant and ethnocultural community organizations are encouraged to apply.

Registered Nova Scotia businesses and municipalities can submit proposals in collaboration or partnership with eligible organizations.

Organizations that receive annual funding under Operating Assistance to Cultural Organizations or Operating Assistance to Arts Organizations (Arts Nova Scotia) can apply to the Cultural Innovation Fund only for a 1-time project or pilot project. If you receive Operating Assistance funding, you should contact the program officer to discuss your eligibility.

Fund objectives

When you submit your proposal to the Culture Innovation Fund, you will need to explain how your project:

  • uses culture to address a social need in your community
  • is innovative beyond fulfilling your organization’s mandate

How to apply

Applications are closed.


Culture Innovation Fund

1741 Brunswick St., 3rd floor
PO Box 456, STN Central
Halifax NS B3J 2R5