HALIFAX — A new grant program will provide up to $50,000 for community projects aimed at helping Nova Scotians living in poverty.
The government says the Building Vibrant Communities grants are the first initiative in a $20-million, four-year plan to help reduce poverty levels.
The grants will focus on areas such as food security, helping young adults to become independent, and transportation.
Eligible groups include community organizations, First Nations communities, registered charities, and private-sector businesses if they partner with non-profit organizations.
A total of $600,000 in funding is available until March 31.
A new pilot agreement was also announced with the Halifax Regional Municipality to provide free bus passes to those on employment supports and income assistance, as well as their spouses and children.
The pilot program removes requirements such as getting a doctor's note to prove the number of trips that are required for medical appointments each month.