Community Housing Capacity Building Program

Community Housing Capacity Building Program

*2021 APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED*

About the Program

The Community Housing Capacity Building Program (CHCBP) is one of several provincial initiatives aimed at creating a modern, resilient, sustainable, and vibrant community housing sector in which more providers operate as social enterprises and seek to achieve social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

The CHCBP provides financial support to organizations ready to begin or continue their renewal and transformation journey and with potential for capacity development and growth. It also encourages sector consolidation and scale.

The CHCBP seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Maintain existing supply of affordable housing owned and operated by co-ops and non-profits.
  • Increase organizational and governance capacity to ensure long-term sustainability and promote sector growth.
  • Ensure community housing organizations are well-positioned to leverage existing and new federal funding opportunities.
  • Improve housing outcomes for racialized and marginalized communities.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for this program, applicants should be:

  • A non-profit society or co-operative seeking to maintain or increase -the supply of affordable housing,
  • A non-profit society with a desire to improve housing outcomes for underrepresented communities, OR
  • A community group looking to establish a community land trust

In addition, proponents will be required to demonstrate:

  • Need for undertaking capacity building activities under the CHCBP; and
  • Capacity to deliver the project and meet all conditions of the contribution agreement.

Eligible Projects

Eligible proponents can receive funding to cover up to 100% of the costs associated with one or more of the following activities:

  • Building Condition Assessment
  • Asset Management Plan
  • Portfolio Review
  • Growth and Development Business Plan
  • Community Land Trust

*See details of each of these activities in the program guide provided.

How to apply

Download and review the CHCBP Program Guide available here.

Complete the application form and submit it with all required attachments to communityhousinggrants@novascotia.ca  on or before December 10, 2021, at 4:30 pm.


Before you begin the application process or if you have any questions about this program, please contact:

Jennifer DeWolfe | 902 755 7027 | Jennifer.DeWolfe@novascotia.ca
Simon Odamtten | 902 424 6177 | Simon.Odamtten@novascotia.ca