HCi3 Grant Program

The goal of the HCi3 Grant Program is to provide grants for innovative and effective projects that seek to reduce greenhouse gas emission (GHG) sources in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The program aims to support a broad range of climate solutions while unlocking shared benefits for local communities.

For 2022, HCi3 had available grant funding of over $500,000 and individual grants of up to $50,000 per project.  The program covers up to 80% of total project costs, with a minimum of 20% of the project costs being covered through matching funds or in-kind contributions from sources other than the Federal Government.


2022 Grant Recipients and Project Descriptions

Billet Workshop: Tiny Passive Homes, is aiming to develop a cost-effective and sustainable housing solution. The project team will design and build an energy-efficient tiny home and make the plans available publicly for project replication.

Clean Foundation: The Preston Township Community Solar Social Feasibility Study, will determine how historic African Nova Scotian communities can benefit from future shared solar projects. The research and engagement process will ensure communities have the capacity to get involved in the provincial Community Solar program and will be replicated in other African Nova Scotian communities.

Ecology Action Centre: Creating a Path for Deep Energy Retrofits of Multi-Unit Residential Buildings, will lay the foundation for a retrofit of a low-income multi-unit residential property. The program design study will further refine the cost, timeline and partnerships required for a panelized deep energy retrofit and increase capacity for retrofits in HRM, Nova Scotia, and beyond.

EV4U: Shared Electric Vehicle Pilot Project, will lease a used electric vehicle (EV) and install a charger at a multi-unit residential building owned by Killam Apartment REIT. Engagement on how to use the EV as well as the ability to book through an online system and pay the hourly rate will be provided for the residents. This project will test the feasibility of offering shared EVs on a cost-recovery basis for future expansion.

Hope Blooms: Hope Blooms Solar Awnings and Experiential Education Systems, in collaboration with Solar Schools Canada will design a 2-kilowatt solar awning that serves as multi-use public infrastructure at Hope Blooms’ Global Kitchen for Social Change. Three solar awnings will be installed in Uniacke Square and will provide e-bike charging and Green Labs Climate Resiliency Programming for youth.

MCC Energy Strategies Inc.: Feasibility Study for Solar/Storage/Electric Vehicles in Condos, will investigate the integration of solar, battery storage, solar thermal, EV chargers, and possibly combined heat and power into the heating and electrical system of an 83-unit condo building. The study will include a financial and feasibility model that can be adapted to similar multi-unit residential buildings.

Neothermal Energy Storage Inc.: Net-Zero Ready Residential Electric Thermal Storage Pilot, is a two-phase project to demonstrate innovative electric thermal storage (ETS) technology to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner electricity. The ETS system will be installed in two HRM homes and is an add-on, off-peak appliance that creates a net-zero heating solution for boiler or furnace heated homes.

Nova Scotia Community College: Solar Gardens and Electric Vehicles for Affordable Housing in the HRM, will study the feasibility of community solar gardens for Housing Nova Scotia’s properties located in HRM. The project will include a 5-year plan for the investment and development of community solar gardens and an analysis of electric vehicles and charging requirements for the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority.

One North End and ReCover Initiative: ONE + ReCover: Deep Retrofit Training and Capacity Building for African Nova Scotians, will grow the green work force and bridge the employment gap for African Nova Scotians through job shadowing on a panelized deep energy retrofit of the Harrietsfield-Williamswood Community. This training will be replicated in African Nova Scotian communities across HRM.

A partnership between the Construction Association of Nova Scotia, Dalhousie Office of Sustainability & Lara Ryan Consulting: Centre for Green Building Excellence, will create a collaborative model and investigate the viability of the proposed structure and resources to establish a Centre for Green Building Excellence in Nova Scotia. The Centre will support green new construction, retrofits, celebrate successes, and create opportunities for learning and industry collaboration to drive market transformation.

Volta Research: Exploring Vehicle to Grid Capability in Halifax, will investigate the performance of a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging station at a multi-unit residential building in HRM. The demonstration project will assess the performance of V2G charging, including its potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as other co-benefits such as resiliency from power outages.

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    Please reach out to the HCi3 team at grants@hci3.ca if you would like to discuss your proposed project or have any questions about the program and application process.

2022 Applications Now Closed

Applications for the 2022 Grant Program have closed. Please reach out to the HCi3 team at grants@hci3.ca if you would like to discuss future projects or have any questions about the program and application process.



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