Culture Innovation Fund

Province of Nova Scotia, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The Culture Innovation Fund invests in initiatives and projects carried out by organizations, partnerships, and collaborations working to use creativity and our diverse culture to address social issues and opportunities within communities.

The fund also supports initiatives intended to strengthen the role of Nova Scotia's museums and libraries.

Culture innovation is about using culture and creative expression in new and better ways to create value. Our broad and diverse culture includes the arts, music, heritage, languages, cultural identities, diversity, recreation, museums, libraries, traditions, food, spirituality and much more. Innovation in the scope of this grant is daring, collaborative, and new. CIF considers proposals from Nova Scotia not-for-profits, museums, libraries, social enterprises and First Nations communities. Registered Nova Scotia businesses and municipalities can also apply in collaboration or partnership with the above organizations.

Projects use culture to address social needs in the community, or support an objective of Nova Scotia's Culture Action Plan or is innovative beyond the organization's mandate.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The Culture Innovative Fund, launched in January 2018, supports innovative, cultural initiatives that address social priorities and opportunities in our communities. The department had supported 67 projects by the end of 2018.

Supported initiatives in 2018/19 making a significant impact include:
* NSCAD/Phoenix House partnership, Art Factory, provided several previously at-risk youths placement into post-secondary programs.
* The Black Business Initiative hosted Experiences in Architecture and Planning to introduce African Nova Scotian youth to the these disciplines as viable career opportunities and modes for expressing their culture.
* The Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation in partnership with Seagram & Associates has created PTSD Hero Comics, a comic book series designed to be an engaging therapeutic tool. Its purpose is to help educate people on what post-traumatic stress is, explain how the condition can manifest itself, and help decrease people's sense of isolation.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

(Program launched in 2018) Approx. CAD 3.7 million from in the period covered by this report; est. USD 2.8 million

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Province of Nova Scotia
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: