For the Good of Our Community Fund

SMNS: For the Good of Our Community Fund

Shelter Movers Nova Scotia is a charitable volunteer powered organization that provides moving and storage services free of charge to individuals and families fleeing abuse and violence. We just completed 600 moves in Nova Scotia since 2019 and serve HRM, South Shore, Annapolis Valley and soon Truro. This grant is making a direct impact on 60 clients to transition to a better life. In many cases we are also moving children and pets. We are grateful for this grant to support us in providing this important and necessary service. We are the only service of its kind in Canada. Thank you.

Nearly a dozen charities and non-profit organizations across Nova Scotia that support community wellbeing and the environment will receive financial support from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s community investment fund.

The For the Good of Our Community Fund was established with our supplier partners to provide financial support to organizations that help build healthy and sustainable communities.

“The community need continues to be overwhelming,” said Marley MacDonald, Director, Responsibility and Sustainability. “We received twice as many applications this year as we did last year. There are so many well-deserving organizations working hard to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people living in communities across Nova Scotia, and this funding is one way that we can support and thank them.”

The fund provides one-time grants to charitable or nonprofit organizations of up to $20,000. The NSLC received over 200 applications for the total funding of $140,000 and is providing grants to 11 organizations. Recipients must be registered charities or nonprofits working to support communities within Nova Scotia and address areas of critical community need.

The NSLC Employee Community Advisory Committee, comprised of employees from across the province, reviews applications and approves the final grant recipients. “Our focus areas of community wellbeing, our environment, and accessibility and diversity are well-represented among the recipients,” MacDonald said.

They include organizations that help address domestic violence, food security and accessibility, including through budgeting and healthy food preparation, support for the environment and mental health and wellbeing.

The For the Good of Our Community grant program is funded equally between the NSLC and supplier partners. Designated products of suppliers who partnered with us will be available throughout the year, with their ongoing sales providing additional financial support to the selected charities and nonprofits.

A list of all fund recipients within the province and the intended use of the funds:


Use of Funds 

After Trauma Empowerment Network

Workshops in the Shubenacadie area focused on well-being, healthy living, and connection

Clean Nova Scotia Foundation

Restoration of an altered salt marsh at Sitmu’k in Pictou Landing First Nation 

Eastern Shore Family Resource Association

Access to fresh meal kits along with instructions to encourage families to prepare healthy home cooked meals

Health Arts Society of Atlantic Canada

A series of classical music concerts in nursing homes and long-term care facilities in rural Nova Scotia.

Independent Living Nova Scotia 

Cooking and connection workshops that will provide cooking, meal planning, and budgeting skills to Nova Scotians with disabilities and their families.

Laing House 

Community kitchen programs that include cooking workshops, and fund facilitators, and upgrades to the Laing House community kitchen.

Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association

Food and nutrition and budgeting programs to educate clients on meeting nutritional needs on a budget.

Raising the Villages

Support access in rural Cape Breton to services, programs, and supports based on the First Nations intergenerational model.

Second Harvest Canada

Expand access in rural communities to surplus, edible food, supporting over 30,000 meals worth of nutritious food and diverting 110,000 lbs of greenhouse gases.

Shelter Movers Nova Scotia

Expand programming to rural communities to support clients who leave their homes due to domestic violence.

Hike Nova Scotia 

Support community trail groups to provide safe and inclusive trails for more diverse hikers and walkers, along with trail maintenance and workshops. 

For more information please visit the NSLC website. 

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