A new $2 million fund will enhance community facilities and public spaces operated by non-profit community organizations. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson today, Dec. 8, unveiled the Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Fund. “This investment means improved access to community centres and public spaces that support a better quality of life for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Wilson. “It means good jobs and more support for Nova Scotia’s hardworking non-profit organizations.” Applicants will be eligible for a one-time provincial contribution worth up to 75 per cent of the cost of the project to a maximum of $50,000. Registered non-profit community organizations can apply for funding starting in April 2012. Proponents will need to outline how capital enhancements to community facilities will create jobs in the community. Proposals must also provide a detailed project budget and other key elements of community support. Kinsmen Club of Sackville is an organization that could stand to benefit from the new fund. Supporting community causes since 1961, the Kinsmen operate a Kin Centre where they host special events and fundraising activities that give back to the community. “Having this grant available will allow community service organizations such as the Kinsmen Club to make necessary improvements that will enhance our organization and allow us to focus on our goal of serving the community’s greatest need,” said Scott Forbes, president of the Kinsmen Club of Sackville. Eligibility criteria and application forms will be available on the department’s website in the spring. Applications will be reviewed by staff who will make recommendations to the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The minister will make final funding decisions. The Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Fund is part of the department’s mandate to support strong communities that celebrate Nova Scotia’s diverse culture and heritage. More information about the Kinsmen Club of Sackville is available at www.sackvillekinsmen.ca.