Culture Innovation Fund

Culture Innovation Fund


The Culture Innovation Fund invests in initiatives and projects carried out by organizations, partnerships, and collaborations working to use creativity and our diverse culture to address social issues and opportunities within communities.

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

What is Culture Innovation?

Culture innovation is about using culture and creative expression in new and better ways to create value. Our broad and diverse culture includes the arts, music, heritage, languages, cultural identities, diversity, recreation, museums, libraries, traditions, food, spirituality, and much more. Innovation can be new ideas, incremental change for the better, or applying best practice ideas from other endeavors.


Registered Nova Scotia not-for-profits, museums, libraries, social enterprises, and First Nations communities may submit proposals. Registered Nova Scotia businesses and municipalities may submit proposals in collaboration or partnership with the above organizations.

Fund Objectives

When you submit your proposal to the Culture Innovation Fund, you will need to demonstrate how your project(s) will achieve any of the following:

  • Further the objectives of Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community.
  • Foster creativity, diversity, and cultural expression.
  • Enhance the well-being of Nova Scotians and our communities in various ways, including
    • social (co-operation and networking, relationships of trust, collaboration, etc.)
    • human (skills, knowledge, employability, health, etc.)
    • economic (finances, business growth, new markets, etc.)
    • physical (community assets, transportation, environment, etc.)
  • Create change for the better using culture: its creation, expression, sharing, and celebration.
  • Enhance the role of museums and libraries.