The 2021 Affordable Housing Grant Program is now accepting submissions.
Want to learn more? View the video of our affordable housing grant program virtual Q&A.
The Affordable Housing Grant Program is eligible to all registered non-profit or charitable organizations for the development or renovation of affordable housing units.
A total of $400,000 has been allocated to the program this year:
- $200,000 must be allocated to projects in the Regional Centre (Peninsula Halifax & Dartmouth within the circumferential)
- $200,000 can be allocated to projects anywhere within the municipality.
A complete overview of the program’s requirements and eligible work can be found in Regional Council’s Administrative Order.
Affordable dwelling units are considered units that are owned and maintained by a registered non-profit or charitable organization targeted to households of low to moderate income.
Who is eligible?
The Affordable Housing Grant Program is eligible to registered non-profit or charitable organizations that have been incorporated for at least one year.
Partnerships between a registered non-profit/charitable organization and a private developer may be considered where there is an agreement for the transfer of ownership of the affordable dwelling units, that are the subject of the grant, to the non-profit/charitable organization prior to occupancy.
When is the deadline?
Applications will be accepted up to December 1, 2021.
How do I Apply?
To apply for this program, submit a completed application form including the required supporting documentation as outlined in the form.
Submit your application by email to the Affordable Housing Grant Program
How are applications prioritized?
For the 2021 program, we will be prioritizing projects that can start building within the next year. Beyond this, projects will be prioritized based on criteria outline in the Administrative Order:
(a) projects that have applied and are eligible for funding by
a. the Province of Nova Scotia, including Housing Nova Scotia, or
b. the Government of Canada, including Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC),
for the purposes of developing or restoring affordable housing units;
(b) projects that are required to provide a public benefit for incentive or bonus zoning pursuant to incentive and bonus zoning provisions of the Centre Plan, Downtown Halifax Plan, or a development agreement;
(c) projects by those non-profit organizations who currently serve those in need of deep affordability;
(d) projects that exceed accessibility requirements of the National Building Code;
(e) projects that include energy-efficient design and components that substantially exceed the requirements of the National Building Code;
(f) projects that have received an order from the Municipality to comply with By-law M-200, the Standards For Residential Occupancies By-law;
(g) projects that demonstrate financial self-sustainability;
(h) projects by applicants that demonstrate resources and capacity to support additional housing units;
(i) projects by applicants with experience in successfully managing existing affordable housing dwelling units; and
(j) balancing the allocation of money collected through the density and incentive bonus program to different areas of the Regional Centre.
Have questions about the Affordable Housing Grant Program? Send us an email.