Frequently Asked Questions

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Funding

Eligible applicants for funding must be registered not-for-profit organizations or charities operating in Nova Scotia. We welcome partnerships between not-for-profit organizations, charities, informal groups, individuals, schools, and workplaces. (See our 2024 Community Funding Guideline for a description of eligible applicants.)

Applications for funding begin June 1. We are also available to discuss ideas and suggestions. Please get in touch with us through funding@nshpca.ca.

Projects and initiatives must have a clear focus on supporting those experiencing grief, loss, and bereavement and aim to restore emotional wellness. Examples of community-level projects include music/art/pet therapy, volunteer training, lectures with experts on grief, loss and bereavement, healing circles, creation of therapeutic spaces, or peer support. (See our Community Funding Guidelines for more information.)

NSHCPA will begin accepting applications on June 1. The first round of funding closes on June 28, 2024. Interested not-for-profits or partnerships should continue to monitor our website for applications and deadlines.

To be discussed with successful applicants.

Applicants can request up to $50,000. (See our Community Funding Guidelines for details).

Accountability

All community funding decisions will be made by the Community Funding Committee, comprised of NSHPCA Board members from each of the health zones. A list of Board members can be found on the NSHPCA.ca website.

The Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association is a registered non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors who oversee all aspects of the organization including financial decisions.

For a complete list of Board members, please visit our website NSHPCA.ca.

General

The Mass Casualty Commission (MCC) noted the need for additional grief, bereavement and emotional wellness supports for communities most affected by the April 2020 event. NSHPCA is responsible for distributing the funding to support groups / organizations to develop/implement community-based initiatives that align with the objectives of the NS Community Grief and Emotional Wellness Model in particular, addresses the community needs in Colchester, East Hants and Colchester counties.

NSHPCA is a 30-year-old provincial non-profit organization bringing understanding and knowledge to families and caregivers in the community at end of life. We work with volunteers, professionals and other like-minded organizations such as hospice organizations from around the province. We have an extensive network to help support community-specific and community-driven programs for people in grief.

NSHPCA is responsible for allocating $300,000 in Round 1. This funding will support eligible groups and organizations in developing and/or implementing community-based initiatives that align with the objectives of the NS Grief Strategy. Additional funding will be made available in Round 2 as the program expands province-wide.

In addition to other organizational responsibilities, NSHPCA acts as a coordinating body, collaborating with local, community-based groups to build support for individuals in grief. Through Healing Pathways, NSHPCA will allocate community funding to successful applicants.

This will completely depend on what individuals in the community want to see. NSHPCA is seeking non-profit organizations and their partners to come forward with community-driven ideas and suggestions.

Round 1 of funding will focus on projects in the Colchester, East-Hants, and Cumberland communities. In Round 2, we will expand our work across the province.

Our role is to support the initiatives you present. Successful applicants will be required to submit an evaluation of their project by January 15, 2025.

NSHPCA serves all Nova Scotians. NSHPCA’s board is composed of member organizations, including community-based hospice and palliative care associations, Indigenous, Acadian and Francophone and African-Nova Scotian health leadership. We have other long-standing relationships related to this work, many of which are directly serving the target communities, including:

  • Local hospice and palliative care associations
  • Retired Teachers Association of Nova Scotia
  • The NS Palliative Care Network
  • School principals and teachers
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Réseau Santé
  • Clinical healthcare professionals and others from the NS Health system (e.g. Mental Health, Grief and Palliative Care, Addictions, etc.)
  • Other non-profit organizations and charities that are active in the area.

We will rely on community-based groups to tell us what is needed and outline initiatives in their funding applications. We will listen to and talk with local groups to find practical support and solutions. We will also rely on other available pathways to help identify grief and emotional wellness supports in communities.

Learn more about NSHPCA on our website, nshpca.ca.