The Rural Innovation District provides funding to help businesses and community groups develop innovative products and services.  

Click on the following link to view the Rural Innovation District brochure.

They are here to help.  To open doors.  To make connections.  To bring a community of open minds together, ready to push boundaries, spark local growth, economic development and social enterprise impact.

They want to work with you to build an innovation ecosystem that supports the makers, builders and creators of mainland rural Nova Scotia

What They Offer:

The goals of the Rural Innovation District are simple.  They want to:

1.  Increase the number of business start-ups in rural Nova Scotia.
2.  Increase the number of inventions and inventive ideas through research and development activities for businesses in rural Nova Scotia.
3.  Increase opportunities for entrepreneurial awareness and skills development for rural Nova Scotians.

Who is Eligible?

They welcome the following applicants:

*  Businesses
*  Industry associations with the majority of membership operating in mainland rural Nova Scotia
*  Community organizations
*  Centres fostering innovation & entrepreneurship.

How to Apply:

Step 1 - Submit your idea
They'll review it and contact you regarding funding eligibility.

Step 2 - Apply for funding
If approved, you'll be invited to submit a funding application.

Step 3 - Enter into service agreement
If accepted, they'll work with you to create a service agreement. 

Step 4 - Project progress reports
You'll be required to submit reports demonstrating impact towards meeting Rural Innovation District KPIs.

Submit your idea:

Take the first step by completing the Rural Innovation Fund Concept form available at