A Vibrant Poverty Reduction Plan in Nova Scotia

Submitted by Natasha Pei on January 26, 2018 - 7:08am
An RFP from Nova Scotia, Deadline February 2, 2018

The Government of Nova Scotia’s 2017-2018 budget includes a line of $2 Million dollar for creating and implementing a Poverty Reduction Plan.

The request for proposals was launched in December 2017 and is open until February 2, 2018.

The RFP aims to attract members from all sectors – by supporting and expanding work that is already happening in the community and to identifying roles for non-traditional partners – in efforts to prevent, alleviate, and reduce poverty for Nova Scotians. The full 2009 provincial strategy outlines 3 poverty reduction pillars: enable and reward work, improve supports for those in-need, and a focus on children; this year’s funding streams target initiatives tackling food security, youth transition (from child care systems to independence), and transportation.

How will we know if we’re ending poverty in Nova Scotia?

 The RFP guidelines cite the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework developed in the first 10 years of the Vibrant Communities work. It is an asset-based framework that helps us understand poverty and poverty reduction in a more holistic manner. It provides a framework for measuring outcomes against particular capacities, while acknowledging that poverty is complex and that there are many barriers to eliminating poverty.

The five building blocks identified in the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework are:

  • Financial Assets – income, savings, etc.
  • Social Assets – cooperation and networking, relationships of trust, collaborations, organizational capacity, etc.
  • Human Assets – skills, knowledge, employability, good health, capacity, etc.
  • Physical Assets – secure shelter, affordable transportation, accessible and affordable child/elder care, air and water quality, etc.
  • Personal Assets – self-esteem and con dence, emotional well-being, etc.

Projects must begin before March 31, 2018 and are eligible for up to $50,000 in two streams:

  1. Seed funding – up to $5,000
  2. Collaborations - $5,001 –$ 50,000, including a minimum of two project partners

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