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Adaptation Fund 2013- 2014


NS Environment is now calling for proposals for the 2013-2014  Climate Change Adaptation Fund. Click here for the fund description and application form.

Conference 'Climate Change: Getting Ready'


Results of the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions (ACAS) program in Nova Scotia will be presented and discussed in Halifax, March 5-6, 2012.

Climate Change Adaptation Fund 2013-14

The 2013-14 CCAF program is now closed. Thank you to all applicants that submitted proposals. Projects that received funding must be completed by March 31, 2014. All results will be available on this page once reports are reviewed and approved by the CCAF Evaluation Committee.   




Progress Report(s): Approved applicants must submit an informal progress report(s) to the Climate Change Unit as efforts evolve. The report can be provided through email message, or a one-page summary of activities and results, to date. Please note that the Climate Change Unit may also contact groups on their progress.  

 Final Report: Approved applicants must submit a final report to demonstrate their efforts and results that were possible through the Climate Change Adaptation Fund. A template is available here. The final report must be completed by March 31, 2014 and submitted electronically to the adaptationfund@gov.ns.ca.



Deadline (Final Report): The final report must be completed by March 31, 2014 and submitted electronically to adaptationfund@gov.ns.ca



  • April 1 – May 17, 2013: Call for Proposals
  • May 21 – June 3, 2013: Proposal Evaluation
  • June 4, 2013: Notification to Recipients for Acceptance
  • June 10, 2013: Announcement of Recipients
  • June 11, 2013 – March 31, 2014: Project Implementation, Progress and Completion

About CCAF: Climate change adaptation is a priority action for the Province. The Climate Change Adaptation Fund program was launched in January 2009 to support efforts and actions by communities to understand the vulnerability they are facing, and how they can prepare, adapt and become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The key objectives of this program are to:


  • identify and assess the threats and opportunities related to climate change in Nova Scotia; and
  • build Nova Scotia’s capacity to become better suited to new and different climatic conditions.

Funding Amount: Twenty-five thousand dollars is available for 2013-14 and the amount granted to each approved applicant will be based on number of proposals received and the dollar value associated with each project. The program runs from April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014.

Evaluation Process:  Applications will be reviewed by the CCAF Review Committee within the Climate Change Unit (formerly Climate Change Directorate) of Nova Scotia Environment using a predetermined scoring mechanism. Successful applicants will receive funding based on:


  • the quality of the proposal and innovative project content;
  • a clear connection between the proposal and the Adaptation Fund objectives;
  • the amount of funding available;
  • the ability to attract funding and support from other sources

Contact: For further information on this program, please contact adaptationfund@gov.ns.ca.

(About Climate Change Adaptation Fund - PDF format).

Please Note:
The evaluation committee reserves the right to fund or not fund any or all applications, or may redirect funds to other activities, at its discretion.   

2013-14 Results: 

  • What Every Coastal Comunity Should Know About Storm Surge: Present and Future (by HMC/EMC Inc.) | CCAF Funding: $6,880. Final Report "What Every Coastal Community Should Know About Storm Surge: Present and Future"
  • Climate Change Impacts on Maple Sap Flow and Yield (by Dalhousie University, Dept of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture) | CCAF Funding: $25,00. Final Report "Cimate Change Impacts on Maple Syrup Yield in Nova Scotia"
  • Determining the Threat of Ocean Acidification for the Shellfish Aquaculture Industry in NS (by Dalhousie University, School for Resource and Environmental Studies) | CCAF Funding $5,500. 
  • Visualising Coastal Erosion and Sea Level Rise (by Ecology Action Centre) | CCAF Funding $5,100. Final Report "Visualising Coastal Erosion & Sea-level Rise: Integrating Art and Design within a Community Engagement Process"
2012-13 Results:
  • Webinar (May 8, 2013): Preparing Health Care Facilities in Canada for Climate Change (by Canadian Coalition of Green Health Care) | CCAF Funding: $25,000
  • Planning for Climate Change in the Town of Lunenburg (by Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation) | CCAF Funding: $10,000. Final report (split into 3 PDFs): Part 1Part 2 / Part 3
  • Public Outreach (theatre): Partons, la mer est belle (by Conseil des Arts de Chéticamp) | CCAF Funding: $10,000
  • Climate change knowledge and attitudes of Nova Scotia pre- and in-service teachers: An assessment of educator readiness and needs (by Jason Loxton, PHD Candidate & Jillian Baker) | CCAF Funding: $17,260. Final Report "Climate change knowledge and attitudes of pre- and in-service Nova Scotia teachers", Appendix A (In-Service Teacher Questionnaire), Appendix B ("Are Nova Scotia Teachers Prepared to Teach Climate Change?"), Appendix C ("Taking on climate change: A teaching companion for educators in NS"), Appendix D ("Bibliography: Academic Sources Consulted")
  • Testing and Documenting a Method for Applying the ‘Hazard Risk Vulnerability Analysis Model’ to a Regional Approach for Municipal Climate Change Action Plan Development (by Town of Truro) CCAF Funding: $10,000. Final Report
  • Municipal Outreach and Education (by Sustainability Solutions Group & Elemental Sustainability Consulting Ltd.) | CCAF Funding: $7,000. Final Report "Municipal Outreach and Education: Adaptation Planning Webinar Series", Webinar Invitation, Tools for assessing hazard and risk vulnerability.
2011-12 Results:

2010-11 Results: 

  • Community High-water Storm Surge Mapping Network (by Applied Geomatics Research Group - COGS, NSCC, Emergency Management Office) | CCAF Funding: $8,000. Final Report "Community High-water Storm Surge Mapping Network"
  • Communicating Climate Change Adaptation to Coastal Cottage Owners (by Ecology Action Centre) | CCAF Funding: $10,000. Final Report "Recommendations for a Communication Strategy for Northumberland Strait Property Owners on Coastal Erosion"
  • Public Participation GIS Vulnerability Mapping Initiative for Rural Areas in HRM (by Halifax Regional Municipality, Sustainable Environment Management Office) | CCAF Funding $5,000. Final Report "Public Participation Vulnerability Mapping Project, Halifax Regional Municipality - Pilot Project Eastern Passage-Cow Bay"