Support4Culture is a collection of programs that support arts, culture, and heritage in communities across Nova Scotia.

The programs provide a wide spectrum of support. They encourage new experiences, new events and new opportunities. They champion innovation, diversity and collaboration. They are for individuals, they are for communities, and they are for Nova Scotia.

The list below details all of the new departmental initiatives and programs that make up Support4Culture, including resources for individuals interested in applying. To learn more about a program or to discuss your eligibility, please contact the program officer listed with the description.


Arts Nova Scotia / Arts Programs


Artistic Innovation Program

Arts Nova Scotia has created the Artistic Innovation Program. This program will provide one-time innovation grants to all of Arts Nova Scotia’s current operating clients (26) with the requirement that the funds be used for growing opportunities for excellence in artistic development or for developing a new way to engage with the public.

Contact: Briony Carros (902) 424-4008

Arts Equity Funding Initiative

The Arts Equity Funding Initiative program was launched in June in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts. Aboriginal, culturally diverse, artists with disabilities or who are living with mental illness will benefit from the initiative that consists of $450,000 over three years, with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Canada Council each contributing $75,000 annually. The program will support artists in the areas of creation, production, professional development and funding for special travel and be managed by Arts Nova Scotia.

Contact: Enrique Ferreol (902) 424-6472

Creative Collaborations

The Creative Collaborations Program seeks to implement a set of strategic initiatives that are designed to be integrated into the peer assessment process. While artistic excellence is still the core of peer assessed evaluation, these initiatives can be used to augment success rates in disciplines or regions or within identified communities.

Contact: Briony Carros (902) 424-4008


Community Programs

Diversity and Community Capacity Fund

The Diversity and Community Capacity Fund program supports diversity promotion and social equity activities, as well as the capacity-building efforts of organizations that represent traditionally marginalized groups and communities.

Contact: Rima Thomeh (902) 424-5793

Mi’kmaq Cultural Activities Program

The Mi’kmaq Cultural Activities Program will foster Mi’kmaq artistic and community cultural development. This panel-reviewed application-based program will support Mi’kmaq community groups and organizations to promote and preserve Mi’kmaq culture and heritage.

Contact: Megan Hallett (902) 424-5793


Culture and Heritage Sector Programs

Heritage Development Fund (Built Heritage)

This program will provide conservation work grants and conservation advice grants to owners of properties registered under the Heritage Property Act. It will also support background studies for municipalities considering establishing heritage conservation districts.

Contact: Kevin Barrett (902) 424-6396

One-time Emerging Culture and Heritage Initiatives Program

The One-Time Emerging Culture and Heritage Initiatives Program is a new program designed for culture and heritage organizations or organizations partnering with specific culture and heritage interests to build capacity, develop innovative projects, and support diverse communities.

Contact: Jessica Peddle (902) 424-6397