Funding, Grants and Incentives

There are many private and public options to support your business in East Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada.

East Hants Economic & Business Development team stays informed on financing opportunities, loans, programs and other ways for businesses to fund capital ventures, hire employees, or develop new markets for your products or services.

Contact us to discuss your needs, so we can point you in the right direction of funding programs and make connections with financial representatives.

If you are looking for funding specific to needs brought on by COVID-19, please see the Programs & Support page on our COVID-19 Resources Hub for Businesses.


Advancing Innovative Technologies

Agriculture Business Advancer Program

Agriculture On-Farm Student Bursary Program

Blueberry Pollination Expansion

Business Advisory Services

Buy Local Partnership Program

Cattle Industry Enhancement Program

COVID-19: Agriculture Response Program

Crop and Livestock Management Trials Program

FarmNEXT Program

Limestone Trucking Assistance

Market Expansion and Export Readiness

Mink Industry Enhancement Program

Missions and Investigative Travel

Small Farm Acceleration Program

Soil and Water Sustainability

Sheep Industry Enhancement Program

Technologies for Value Added Agriculture Program

Wild Blueberry Harvest Efficiency Program

Wildlife Damage Mitigation

Business Development and Capacity Building

Access Nova Scotia – What about Funding?

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Banks and Credit Unions Serving East Hants (contact us for more info)

Business Development Bank

Canada Small Business Financing Program

Export Growth Program

Innovacorp Accelerate

Innovative Communities Fund

Government of Canada – Financing your business

Local Investors (contact us for more info)

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)

NRC Industrial Research Assistance

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

Start-Up Visa Program (Innovacorp)

Trade Market Intelligence (TMI) Service

Communities, Culture and Heritage

Creative Industries Fund

Culture Innovation Fund

Festivals and Events

Festival and Community Event Development

Film, Television and Digital

Digital Media Tax Credit

Digital Animation Tax Credit

Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund 

Film Industry Tax Credit

Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund

Screenwriters Development Fund

The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)

The Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC)

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Marine Debris Clean-Up Program

Fisheries and Aquaculture Student Bursary Program

Labour and Advanced Education

Co-op Education Incentive

Graduate to Opportunity

Innovate to Opportunity hiring incentive

Payroll Rebate


Student Summer Skills Incentive (SKILL)

Workplace Innovation Productivity Skills Incentive


Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program