Green Toolbox--Funding Opportunities and Announcements--March-April 2013
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
NOVA SCOTIA TRANSIT RESEARCH INCENTIVE PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 15
The 2013-14 funding applications are now available through the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program (NS-TRIP). The NS-TRIP provides funding to support capacity building initiatives intended to generate new and improved public transit services in rural and unserviced urban areas of Nova Scotia. Applicants can receive funding for one project per year under the program. Funding will be used to support a broad range of activities, all of which must be directly related to enhancing the service capacity of new or existing public transit organizations in Nova Scotia.
The application is now available online; click here.
THE NOVA SCOTIA CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION FUND NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 17
The NS Climate Change Adaptation Fund, designed to help Nova Scotians prepare for the impacts of climate change, is now accepting applications for projects. The fund is open to any group or individual (including municipalities, universities, non-profit organizations and businesses) wishing to undertake initiatives that identify potential climate change impacts or better prepare a community for projected changes in climate.
For further details, please visit http://climatechange.gov.ns.ca/content/adaptation_fund.
FUNDING RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED FOR NEW SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS IN NOVA SCOTIA
On March 26, Energy Minister Charlie Parker announced grants totaling $918,655 for 28 community groups across the Province for sustainable transportation program projects from Nova Scotia Moves. The grants support projects ranging from new bike paths and walking trails to collective approaches to public transit for more rural communities.
Nova Scotia Moves grants were awarded to municipalities, and social and community groups across the Province. They cover 50 per cent of the costs for active transportation, community transit, data collection, education and social marketing programs aimed at promoting healthy living, and protecting and preserving the environment.
For more information and a list of grant recipients by region, visit: www.novascotia.ca/energy/nsmoves/
RESOURCES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CREATING A CULTURE OF EFFICIENCY IN MUNICIPALITIES – FREE PRESENTATIONS NOW BEING OFFERED
Are you interested in a presentation to show you how to improve the energy efficiency of your municipal operations and ultimately save money? Efficiency Nova Scotia is partnering with the Ecology Action Centre to outline benefits of energy efficiency and solutions to common barriers, using examples other municipalities throughout Nova Scotia. The presentations will also highlight Efficiency Nova Scotia’s programs and incentives available to municipalities.
If your municipality is interested in a presentation, please contact Emma Norton at 442-0199 or .
NOVA SCOTIA CELEBRATES THE OFFICIAL COMMENCEMENT OF THE PRODUCTION OF ELECTRICITY GENERATION UNDER THE COMMUNITY FEED-IN TARIFF PROGRAM IN LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES
March 19th marked a significant milestone in the Nova Scotia’s Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) Program as the first official kWhs of electricity were produced in three Nova Scotia communities. The Province commissioned six 50 kilowatt wind turbines that day — three in the District of Guysborough, one in the Town of New Glasgow and two in Tatamagouche. The wind turbines will provide these local communities with electricity at a stable rate for 20 years. In total, the projects will produce more than 600,000 kilowatt hours of energy in the next year—enough to power up to 120 homes. The community-owned nature of these projects also ensures that return on investment stays within the local community while creating quality jobs and helping the environment.
All of the wind turbines that came online March 19th were built and will be operated by Seaforth Energy, a Nova Scotian company that is a world leader in the installation and maintenance of wind turbines. To learn more about Nova Scotia’s exciting renewable energy sector, visit: www.nsrenewables.ca.