Grants, Exceptions & Rebates
- Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
- Service Canada - Canada Summer Jobs
- New Horizons for Seniors ProgramNew Horizons for Seniors Program
- Health & Wellness
- NS Health & Wellness - Capital Grants
- Provincial Property Tax Rebate for Seniors
Administered by Service Nova Scotia on behalf of the Department of Community Services, this program is designed to help eligible seniors remain in their homes by providing them with an annual rebate on their municipal property taxes. Eligible homeowners may receive a 50% rebate of the actual residential municipal property taxes paid the previous year (max $800/year).
2020 Application: pdf Provincial Property Tax Rebate for Seniors 2020 (165 KB)
Review the pdf General Government Grants Policy (693 KB) prior to applying for municipal funding. Please note the policy was amended on September 16, 2019.
Grants to Organizations
The Municipality of St. Mary’s provides grants to organizations annually through an application process to Council with focus on capital projects. Organizations must be active with Registry of Joint Stocks, and must be located within the Municipality or serve/benefit residents within the Municipality.Deadline to submit an application is February 15, 2022. You can find the form here: 2022 23 Grants to Organization Application. Contact the Municipal office if you require more information. If an organization receives $1,000 or greater they must complete a pdf Grants to Organizations evaluation form (479 KB) on how the money was spent by February 15th of the current year. If the form is not completed the organization/group will not be eligible for a grant in the following fiscal year.
Municipal District Grants
Every fiscal year (April-March) each district receives funds to be given out to organizations, students, sports groups, community groups, etc. Requests for these funds may be made using the pdf District Grants Application Form (262 KB) to the Councillor who represents the district where the funds will be used.
Grants to Fire Departments
Annual Operating Grants are available to each fire department within the municipality. Departments are required to submit their annual financial statements to the Municipal Office to be eligible to receive a grant.
Municipal Low Income Rebate
St. Mary's Municipal Council offers a rebate on property tax bills for those whose income is below a specified threshold. The threshold amount is determined by Council on an annual basis. Review the pdf Low Income Property Tax Exemption 2020/2021 (1.00 MB) application to determine if you qualify. A copy of your previous year’s "Notice of Assessment – Canada Revenue Agency" must be included with your application.
- Community ACCESS-Ability Program
- Provincial Grant Programs for Seniors
- Senior Safety Grant
- Age Friendly Communities Grant
- Senior Abuse Awareness Day Contribution
- Emergency Services Provider Fund
- Legion Capital Assistance Program
- Communities Culture & Heritage Grant Programs
- Tourism Development Investment Funding For Destination Development
- Nova Scotia Rural Communities Foundation
- Housing Nova Scotia - Programs and Services
- Youth Conservation Corps
- Community Health Board Wellness Fund
Ambulance Assistance Program
Submit an application to the Ambulance Fee Assistance Program if paying your ambulance bill will cause you financial hardship. Eligibility is based on household income.
For more information visit Ambulance Fee Assistance Program or call the Emergency Health Services (EHS) billing office at 1-888-280-8884.