Investing in Community Projects to Reduce Poverty

Investing in Community Projects to Reduce Poverty

Your Liberal government knows breaking the cycle of poverty requires ensuring the right programs and services are in place to address needs today, and for future generations. This requires the involvement of all levels of government, along community groups and organizations working in collaboration.

We need to improve opportunities for vulnerable Nova Scotians across our province, and that includes facilitating access to services and supporting more community initiatives that work toward poverty reduction.

Initiatives like the Building Vibrant Communities grant program is providing community-based organizations funds to build on their existing efforts and implement new, innovative approaches. Everything we learn will become part of a Poverty Reduction Blueprint that will guide our way forward, ensuring we are tackling poverty with the tools we need.

In this first year of Blueprint funding, poverty reduction efforts focus on supporting youth transition into adulthood and ensuring Nova Scotians have adequate access to food and transportation.

Grant recipients include community organizations, such as the Halifax Public Libraries, which will receive $50,000 to roll out its FoodSmart project. The program will focus on seven communities in the Halifax area where food security is a concern, providing access to healthy snacks and food.

The Canadian Mental Health Association of Kings County also received $50,000 in partnership with the Grow Happy Food and Soup initiative to ensure nutritious food is accessible and available year-round.

The Halifax Public Libraries and Canadian Mental Health Association of Kings County are among 48 community groups receiving a Building Vibrant Communities grant – all of whom are going to make a real impact in their respective communities. Your Liberal government is honoured to be able to invest in this community expertise.

This grant program is part of our government’s poverty reduction investment. Over the next four years, we have committed $20 million to support actions from all levels of government and communities to work collaboratively to help reduce poverty in Nova Scotia.

Today, we are taking another step in that direction, and we’re taking it alongside our community partners.

Together, we are building a stronger province where all Nova Scotians can grow and succeed.