A fund addressing the social determinants of health in the Tri-County area.

The Reciprocity Health Fund is an endowment made possible by a donor wanting to have a positive impact on the health of people in and around the Tri-County area.

The goal of this fund is to reduce health inequalities in the Yarmouth, Digby, and Shelburne areas by providing organizations with the opportunity to expand or create new health-related services and activities.

The social determinants of health are the social and economic conditions that impact a person’s health such as income, education, employment, housing, social inclusion and geography.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Organizations must demonstrate a well-defined community health purpose, with projects that support preventative health measures/reduce health inequalities.
  • Projects/programs are to be delivered in Shelburne, Yarmouth and/or Digby counties.
  • Organizations are to be a qualified donee as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency or have partnered with an eligible organization. Applications must come from the governing body of the applicant or be accompanied by a letter of permission from the qualified donee.

What is a charitable partner?

There are many groups, individuals, and organizations whose purpose is beneficial to the community but who are not registered as charities or qualified donees with CRA.  Charities and non-charities often partner to increase their community impact. For example, a youth-serving charity may partner with a non-charity youth group to offer a summer camp. The partnership enables the charity to reach more youth and allows the non-charity to provide activities that might not otherwise be available.

Selection Criteria


A panel of community members with relevant knowledge and experience will review each application and short-list those best meeting the granting criteria, including recommending grant amounts. CFNS has final approval to ensure projects fulfil the donor’s wishes.

Grants are issued annually, but may be awarded for multi-year projects with plans that describe ongoing evaluation and long-term viability.

Applications will be accepted between March 1 and April 30 each year. Successful applicants can expect to be notified by mid-June.

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2024

Thanks to all who applied. The application period is now closed for 2024.

2023 Grant Recipients

2022 Grant Recipients